NM Human Services Dept. Announces SNAP Availability

The New Mexico Department of Human Services announced on Feb. 18th that it will issue all March SNAP benefits on February 28, 2019, with an availability on EBT cards of March 1, 2019. Here is a quick breakdown of information regarding March-May SNAP benefit release.

March: All NM residents currently on SNAP will receive benefits on their EBT Card the same day – March 1st of 2019.

April: All NM residents currently on SNAP will receive benefits on their EBT Card somewhere between April 1st and April 10th.  Dates of the SNAP benefits are determined using the last two digits of the beneficiary’s Social Security Number.

May: All NM residents currently on SNAP will receive benefits on their EBT Card on their regularly scheduled day.

Background:  The government shutdown could have impacted many nutrition programs including SNAP.  In response, the New Mexico Human Services Department issued February SNAP allotments early (on January 20th to all participants for their February benefits).  Given the early release of SNAP benefits, this created what is known as a SNAP Gap – a longer time frame when recipients would normally receive their monthly SNAP benefit.

SNAP Gap:  Since SNAP beneficiaries received February benefits early (January 20), those on the program may need additional help from charitable hunger programs to make it until their next SNAP allotment. If you are experiencing an additional need due to the government shutdown, use our online tool by placing your zip code in the white box to locate one of our affiliated partners in your community.  You may also call our food assistance line at 505.349.5340 M-F from 8 am to 4 pm to additional food help during this temporary gap in SNAP benefits.

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