The L.A. County Department of Public Social Services on Wednesday released CalFresh benefits for February on in an effort to ensure that the the county’s most vulnerableresidents receive the food support they need without interruption during the government shutdown.

“The early distribution of funds is not additional benefits, but an early issuance of the February CalFresh benefits,’’ according to a department statement. “Households are urged to budget their benefits accordingly to ensure that they have funds available to purchase food in the month of February.’’

CalFresh customers may contact the Department of Public Social Services Customer Service Center at (866) 613-3777 for assistance and additional information.