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Social Security Checks Arriving Early Along Atlantic Coast

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010 Mark Lassiter, Press Officer
For Immediate Release 410-965-8904


News Release

Social Security Checks Arriving Early Along Atlantic Coast

Money Will Get to Atlantic Coast Residents Ahead of Hurricane Earl

Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced that benefit checks are being delivered to some Atlantic coast residents on Thursday, September 2nd, before the arrival of Hurricane Earl and ahead of the regular September 3rd payment date.  About 737,000 beneficiaries in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. are affected by this early check delivery.

"Delivering checks early to these residents eliminates one concern beneficiaries might have as they prepare for the storm,” Commissioner Astrue said.  “As beneficiaries take steps to ensure their own safety, this is one step we can take to help them.  They should also be aware that Direct Deposit is a more secure and convenient way to receive payments, particularly when natural disasters strike."

Social Security worked closely with the U.S. Postal Service and the Department of the Treasury to make the early delivery of checks possible.  Beneficiaries living in areas with the following first three digits in their zip codes will receive early delivery.


3-Digit ZIP Code


North Carolina

270 – thru – 289
and 297

Greensboro, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Kingston, Hickory, and Asheville

South Carolina

290 – thru – 296

Columbia, Greenville, Charleston, and Florence


206 – thru – 212, 214 – thru – 219, and 267

Linthicum, Baltimore, Cumberland, Eastern Shore, and Frederick

Washington, DC

200, 202 – thru - 205

Washington DC


220 – thru – 225, 228 – thru – 239, and 244

Richmond, Culpeper, Norfolk, and Farmville


 189 – thru – 194

Philadelphia and Southeastern PA


197 – thru – 199


New Jersey

070 – thru – 074, 076 – thru – 078  and 080 – thru – 088

DV Daniels,  NNJ Metro, South Jersey, Newark, Trenton, Monmouth and Kilmer

New York

 100 – thru – 104, 110 – thru – 114, and 116,
 115, 117, and 119

Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens,  Brooklyn, Bronx, and
Western Nassau


021 – thru – 026

Brockton, Boston, Northwest Boston, and Cape Cod

Rhode Island

027 – thru – 029


The Department of the Treasury, through the Federal Reserve, has requested that financial institutions in the affected areas honor the paper checks.

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