Barry Spear

Alabama Paying February SNAP Benefits Early

Jan 17, 2019

February food stamps are coming early to Alabama residents.

The ongoing partial federal government shutdown is not allowing for funding of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, commonly referred to as food stamps, after this coming Sunday. As a result, all money for February SNAP benefits is being sent to SNAP recipients by this weekend.

Alabama residents will still be able to apply for SNAP benefits, and if someone needs to be re-certified for January aid, they can do so and receive both January and February benefits by this coming weekend.

State lawmakers are planning to debate a bill that would require all day care facilities to be licensed and end a longstanding exemption for church-affiliated day cares.

The House Children and Senior Advocacy Committee will hold a public hearing on the bill later this morning.

VOICES for Alabama's Children, a nonprofit advocacy organization, says Alabama is one of only seven states that exempt faith-based day cares from state regulation. VOICES Executive Director Melanie Bridgeforth says the bill is aimed at protecting children.