SNAP deadline is today

(WVLT) -- SNAP benefit recipients are facing a "tight" deadline for submitting certain documentation because of the government shutdown.

According to a release from the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS), SNAP benefits will be released early in February.

Anyone who is renewing their benefits or filing a six month Simplified Report form need to have any required paperwork in by close of business on Jan. 14. That's today.

Individuals can submit this paperwork online here or at any state office on Monday. For office locations, go here.

TDHS plans to keep their offices open until 6:30 p.m. on Monday in these counties:

Davidson
Shelby
Montgomery
Knox
Hamilton
Rutherford
Washington
Madison

According to the release, February SNAP benefits will arrive two weeks early for most people.

TDHS said the new deadline was imposed by the USDA.

'TDHS is reminding the more than 900,000 Tennesseans who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that these benefits are the only funds they should expect until at least March."