Moultrie Observer

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July 19, 2012

Delivery dates changing for food stamp benefits

ATLANTA — SNAP (food stamp) recipients will soon experience a change in the timing of their monthly benefits.

Starting in September, the state will move to a 19-day distribution cycle instead of the 10-day cycle used in the past, according to a press release from the Georgia Department of Human Resources. Rather than clients receiving their benefits between the 5th and the 14th of each month, they will receive them between the 5th and the 23rd of each month.

Food stamp benefit amounts will not change as a result of this new process. During the month of August recipients will receive half of their benefits on their old issuance date and half of their benefits on their new date. Benefits will continue to be distributed based on the last two digits of the Client ID for the Head of Household.

The Client ID is a unique number assigned to each Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) client when applying for food stamps. The Client ID is printed on all new EBT cards and can be found on all notices received from DFCS. The chart below can be used to determine the new benefit availability date. If assistance is needed with obtaining a Client ID, please contact a DFCS Call Center at 1-877-423-4746.

Those with Client IDs ending in:

• 00-09 — Old deposit day was the 5th, and the new one is too.

• 10-19 — Old deposit day was the 6th; the new one is the 7th.

• 20-29 — Old deposit day was the 7th; the new one is the 9th.

• 30-39 — Old deposit day was the 8th; the new one is the 11th.

• 40-49 — Old deposit day was the 9th; the new one is the 13th.

• 50-59 — Old deposit day was the 10th; the new one is the 15th.

• 60-69 — Old deposit day was the 11th; the new one is the 17th.

• 70-79 — Old deposit day was the 12th; the new one is the 19th.

• 80-89 — Old deposit day was the 13th; the new one is the 21st.

• 90-99 — Old deposit day was the 14th; the new one is the 23rd.

For example, if a Client ID is 123456789, the last two digits are 89. That client would receive July benefits on July 13, half of August benefits would come in Aug. 13 and the other half Aug. 21, and all of September benefits would arrive Sept. 21.

Customers are encouraged to sign up at “My Alerts” and receive a text message on their cell phone, a voice mail or an email each time SNAP benefits are deposited. To sign up, customers can go to and click on “My Alerts” or call 1-888-421-3281.


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