KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Food stamp recipients may have to stretch their benefits a little further this month. The Tennessee Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will shift to a staggered schedule when distributing payments, meaning recipients could have to make their monthly benefits last up to ten days longer.
SNAP recipients who are getting their payment date moved did not receive any extra funds to help them make it to their new date. The Dept. of Human Services said the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association (TGCSA) provided signs and leaflets to warn recipients. It also asked grocers to donate to donate to local food banks to help those who may need more food.
In August, SNAP recipients received letters informing them of the day their funds will be distributed, which was determined by the last two digits of their Social Security Number.