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State officials say SNAP providing benefits on time despite shutdown

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Ever since the government shutdown began, many people have raised concerns over SNAP, the federal program that provides food stamps to low-income families.

The people who run Tennessee's program say most of the people who get assistance from SNAP are getting their benefits on time.

However, there was a technical glitch at one of the data centers last weekend that caused delays for a few folks.

They stressed those delays had nothing to do with the federal shutdown and that SNAP has enough of a surplus to keep running through October.

But those trying to sign up for SNAP benefits Thursday found a message on the program's website that says, "due to the lapse in federal government funding this website is not available."

It goes on to say, "after funding has been restored, please allow some time for this website to become available again."

The bottom line is if you're getting help from SNAP, you should be fine for this month.

But if the shutdown lasts longer, your benefits could change.

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