The partial government shutdown would have shutdown Food Stamps in February if it wasn’t for some level heads in D.C. making a way for February benefits to be distributed early – January 18 for Pennsylvanians.

Now that the shutdown is over, the March benefits will be distributed anywhere from the 1st to 14th of March, depending on the last digit of your case number.

That means a person who got that extra bump in bennys on January 18 may have to wait as long as March 14th – 54 days – before their ‘green card’ is recharged.

Studies (and real life) has proved that most recipients who solely depend on their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to obtain food almost always run out of food before the end of the month on a normal 30 day cycle. The extra money received in January was welcome but how many people do you think budgeted the extra money to only spend in February? Depending on where you fall in the pecking order, the next bit of money for food could be a long ways away.

There’s expected to be a rush on food pantries and other feeding outlets and ministries. If a friend or relative comes knocking on your door for a few bucks or a hot meal, consider the situation and lend a helping hand.