Moultrie Observer

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October 19, 2011

Food stamp benefits to arrive on different day of month

MOULTRIE — SNAP (food stamp) recipients will soon experience a change in the timing of their monthly benefit, according to a press release from the Department of Human Resources.

Starting in November, the state will use a new formula to determine when clients will receive their benefits. Food stamp benefit amounts will not change as a result of this new process and the date will still fall between the 5th and the 14th of each month. Benefits will now 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 can be found on all notices received from the Georgia Department of Human Services.

To determine when to expect benefits, look at the next-to-last digit in the Client ID and add 5. So, people with Client IDs ending in 00 through 09 will receive benefits on the fifth day of the month. People with Client IDs ending in 10-19 will receive them on the sixth, and so on.

Since the Client ID does not change over time, this will help ensure that clients receive food stamp benefits on the same date each month, the DHS press release said. A Client ID is used by several programs in DHS and can also be used to create an online account via COMPASS at www.compass.ga.gov. On COMPASS, DFCS clients can apply for eligibility, check their benefits, report changes, and renew benefits.

If assistance is needed with obtaining a Client ID, please contact a DFCS Eligibility Specialist at your local DFCS office.

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