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​TOPEKA – In response to the partial federal government shutdown, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) is working with its United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) partners to help ensure that eligible Kansas families will receive their February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food assistance benefits. DCF recognizes that food security is essential to the well-being of Kansas families and their ability to live an active and healthy life.

“Our responsibility is to assist eligible families of Kansas in any way that we can by providing access to food resources during this time,” said Laura Howard, secretary of the Department for Children and Families. “We will continue to work with our federal partners at the USDA and with our partners in the community to ensure eligible families get the nutrition they need.”

Eligible Kansas families will have access to their February SNAP Food Assistance benefits on or before Jan. 20 to meet federal operational timelines. This change in benefit availability will not be an additional benefit issuance, but will serve as eligible recipients’ February benefit.

Participants will need to properly budget and plan for appropriate use of the benefits. Ongoing cooperation between DCF and USDA will determine future month’s benefit timetable. Recipients may contact their local DCF office for further information regarding this situation. A list of DCF offices with contact information can be located at Updated information regarding future months will be available on the DCF website at