Partial Federal Government Shutdown – SNAP/FSP Benefit Information

During this partial federal government shutdown, the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) is committed to doing everything possible to assist its customers. DHS is participating on regular calls with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the federal agency that pays for FSP benefits, and will continue to provide information and updates as soon as they become available.

To ensure recipients will be able to access their February SNAP/FSP (food stamp) benefits, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the federal agency that pays for FSP benefits, is working with states to issue February benefits earlier than usual. As a result, recipients will receive both their January and February monthly FSP benefits on or before January 20.

Press Release

Maryland Ensures Vulnerable Residents Receive SNAP Benefits In February During Ongoing Federal Government Shutdown

Department of Human Services Launches Website to Support Marylanders Impacted By Ongoing Partial Federal Shutdown

FSP Customer Letter

The Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) mailed letters to all SNAP/FSP recipients in Maryland to ensure recipients were aware of the early disbursement of SNAP/FSP benefits and to provide additional information and resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions – Partial Federal Shutdown

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Facts about SNAP After the Shutdown

Additional Community Resources

List of Community Food Resources in Maryland by Region

Contact Information

If you need additional assistance during this time, please contact your local Department of Social Services (DSS) to learn about additional resources that may be available in your community.

About the SNAP/FSP Program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is also known as the Food Stamp program. Families utilize an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that can be used as a debit card to buy groceries. Applicants can receive SNAP/Food Stamps when household size and income requirements are met.