by Bill Knowles TRINIDAD — Public health departments across Colorado are experiencing burn-out as they
HUERFANO FOOD ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS:
In response to the partial federal government shutdown, the US Department of Agriculture has asked states to issue February’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early – by January 20th – which has potential to affect 220,000 Colorado families.
The Huerfano County Department of Social Services is asking that all Food Assistance recipients whose eligibility is due at the end of January submit the required documents to the Department no later than noon on Tuesday, January 15th, to ensure that they receive February benefits.
To be clear, the early release of February benefits is NOT additional funding. This effort is intended to get February benefits to eligible recipients before current funding for the program lapses as a result of the partial federal government funding. If the federal government shutdown continues, benefits may not be available after February.