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The Michigan Department of Health and Humans Services plans to issue Food Assistance Program benefits early for February. For food assistance clients, Michigan will begin issuing February benefits on Saturday, January 19. Clients who don’t receive their benefits on that date should receive the funds the following week. That means the 1.2 million Michigan residents who receive food assistance will have benefits to feed their families in February even if the partial federal government shutdown continues. MDHHS strongly encourages families to budget the funds they receive in January so they can meet their food needs through the entire month of February. The St. Clair County Health Department’s WIC Program will remain open for service at this time. If there are any changes locally, the Health Department will notify clients. For questions, please contact (810) 987-8222. Information can also be found at www.nwica.org.