Ohioans who receive food stamps are getting February’s benefits this week.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asked states to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aid no later than Sunday, January 20 for the nearly 40 million Americans in the program. 

The Trump administration said SNAP will be funded through February despite the partial federal government shutdown.

State authorities are cautioning recipients that the early-arriving benefits aren’t a bonus and they need to budget them to last until their assistance cards are loaded again in March.