Food Stamps Will Be Late In October

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(Memphis) Thousands of people who get SNAP benefits might find their EBT card declined next month.

The Department of Human Services is changing the distribution schedule for SNAP benefits. 

Starting October 1st, money will be spread out over 20 days instead of 10. 

The new benefit availability date will also be based on the last two digits of the recipient's social security number. 

For example, those with 00-04 will have benefits available on the 1st. 

That same group used to consist of 00-09.

This means for the month of October, some recipients will get benefits late. 

DHS officials say they sent out letters in August to notify recipients. 

Grocery stores are also putting up posters highlighting the new calendar.

If you have questions, contact the county office or call the Family Assistance Service Center at 1-866-311-4287.  Here's a link to the calendar.

There are currently more than a million people in Tennessee getting SNAP benefits. 

The largest number of recipients are in Shelby County where more than 270,000 individuals get SNAP. 

This number increased dramatically over the past few years.

The Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association pushed for the change.