For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 15, 2019
Food assistance continues despite government shutdown
EN ESPAÑOL: Se expedirán anticipadamente los Beneficios CalFresh para febrero de 2019
San Rafael, CA – In response to the federal government shutdown, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will issue food benefits for February between January 16 and January 20 for most continuing clients following guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The following clients will receive their benefits early:
The following clients will not receive their benefits early but receive them in February if federal reserve funds are available:
For clients who are receiving benefits early, it is recommended to plan a food budget accordingly to last through the end of February. All normal business operations including the EBT system remain the same.
The USDA is one of nine federal departments without funding since the U.S. Government shut down December 22. Almost 39 million Americans receive federal supplemental assistance benefits. Nearly two-thirds of participants in the program are children, elderly, or people with a disability, according to USDA.
Marin HHS has been working closely with state and federal partners to ensure all CalFresh recipients receive benefits without disruption. The USDA has stated that other major nutrition programs such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and food banks will have sufficient funding to continue operations through February.
There is more information about the Marin County CalFresh program on www.marinhhs.org or by calling 1-877-410-8817.
Marin HHS will continue to update current and eligible clients if new information becomes available.
Kari BeuermanSocial Service DirectorDepartment of Health and Human Services
20 N. San Pedro Rd.San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6263Email: Kari BeuermanMarin HHS website