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NAP awaits USDA instruction regarding March benefits

THE Nutrition Assistance Program office is awaiting instruction from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Food and Nutrition Service regarding the benefits for March, Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter said.

Despite the partial U.S. government shutdown, Hunter said the FNS released funding for January and February. “Beyond February, we have no information yet,” he added.

The NAP is currently providing assistance to 3,062 households or 8,385 eligible individuals in the CNMI. There are 7,735 individuals receiving assistance on Saipan; 370 on Tinian; 272 on Rota, and eight in the Northern Islands.

As of March 2018, NAP had over $22 million for its food stamp program, according to a press release issued by the office of  U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Sablan.

But Hunter said “any funding that is spent, or any alternative plans require the approval of the FNS.”

He added, “We have been approved to cover next month’s issuance, and we are obliged to wait for further instructions from the FNS on how we’re to move forward beyond March.”