State officials said Sunday that the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) had released September's allotment of food stamp benefits early in an effort to help ease the burden of purchasing food for low-income families affected by Hurricane Irma.

Current Georgia recipients of the SNAP program with active cases are now able to access their September benefits via their EBT cards and will not have to wait until their regularly scheduled issuance date later in the month.

“We share the concern of Georgia families who are bracing for this historic storm,” said DFCS Director Bobby Cagle. “We worked with our vendors and our federal partners to be sure that, in addition to taking measures to keep their families’ safe, Georgians don’t also have to worry where their next meal will come from.”

About 1.6 million Georgians rely on SNAP assistance to feed their families. SNAP benefits are generally released over a 19-day cycle between the fifth day and 23rd day of each month. The regular issuance cycle will resume in October.

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