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Press Release: County Services Available During Federal Shutdown

Published January 16, 2019
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For immediate release:

Date: January 14, 2019   

Contact: Roxanne Burke, Regional Services Branch Deputy Director, 530-245-6881             

SHASTA COUNTY – Due to the federal government shutdown, people eligible for CalFresh food assistance in February 2019 may receive their benefits early, in an attempt to avoid any negative effects of the shutdown. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued this instruction because they have not received an appropriation to fund CalFresh beyond January 20.

Those who receive their February benefits earlier than usual must budget carefully, as these are the only benefits they will receive before the end of February. Those just applying for CalFresh or renewing their benefits in January will get February food benefits through normal processes and on their normal issuance dates, as long as they are still eligible and federal reserve funds have been determined available.

The Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) has adequate funding for Shasta County clients through March 2019. Nurse-Family Partnership, Medi-Cal and other health services programs will not be financially impacted by the government shutdown.

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