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M4A wants to remind consumers of all ages at all stages to START WITH M4A!  We are the first place to contact to get help, information, and resources. Our Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Specialists are always here to help!
Alabama Paying Food Stamp Benefits Early
 

By Leada Gorelgore@al.com

Alabama food stamp recipients will see February benefits on their cards within the next five days, a workaround required by the ongoing government shutdown.

Barry Spear with the Alabama Department of Human Resources said benefits will be on EBT cards prior to or on Jan. 20. The benefits aren’t an extra payment, but an early distribution to allow the government to fund the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, during the government shutdown.

The USDA announced the plan last week as concerns over February’s food benefits grew.

While the benefits will be loaded early, the expiration date will remain the same – 12 months.

Spear said it’s important people remember the early benefits must last through February.

“There isn’t any race to use these benefits. They aren’t going anywhere. Once the money is on the cards, it’s there,” he said. He advised, however, that recipients limit their purchase of perishable items – including fresh fruits, vegetables and milk – to what can be consumed with the time of the benefits.

Some people may receive February benefits before January’s, which are paid out through Jan. 23

Spear said the department will continue to take SNAP applications during the shutdown. Applicants won’t receive the early appropriation but will receive benefits through rollover funding. The funding wasn’t enough to cover all 38 million American who receive food stamps each month, but will pay for new applicants.

The average household on SNAP benefits receives about $250 per month; 751,000 Alabamians receive food stamps each month.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees food stamps, is one of nine federal agencies affected by the partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22. Program benefits were funded as normal for January but would have been short for February if the workaround – which took advantage of a rule that continued funding for 30 days after a shutdown – hadn’t been found.

M4A held their monthly Grandparent/Relative Caregiver Support Group this week for grandparents and relatives raising young children. M4A invited Carol Williams and Ashley Crumpton of COMPACT 2020 for Shelby County to present information on drug and social media awareness which was very well received. 

M4A holds their Grandparent/Relative Caregiver Support Group meetings on the first Monday of each month from 10 - noon at the Chelsea Community Center.  Please contact M4A if you are interested in attending.
M4A has received a new shipment of our Project Life Connect Emergency Pouches which connects your information to First Responders in case of an emergency.  We want to send a special SHOUT OUT to AARP and our Living Well Alabama program for their financial support!  

If you are interested in receiving some of these to distribute across your local community, please contact our office at 205-670-5770 or email Robyn James at rjames@m4a.org.  
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