Florida Approves Disaster Food Stamps for Hurricane Ian Victims – What It Provides

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The Florida Department of Children and Families announced that the state’s application for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture. . D-SNAP will provide food assistance to low-income households affected by Hurricane Ian.

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“The USDA stands with our neighbors in Florida to continue providing vital food aid as they deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Ian,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The Department is prepared to extend any available flexibility that will improve access to food during their path to recovery.”

Secretary Vilsack said households that are not normally eligible for SNAP may be eligible for D-SNAP if they meet certain criteria, including disaster income limits, and if they have qualifying expenses. related to the disaster. Additionally, households must live or work in an identified disaster area and have been affected by the disaster to be eligible for D-SNAP benefits.

The USDA says eligible households will receive one month of benefits equal to the maximum monthly amount for a SNAP household of their size. Benefits can be used to purchase groceries at SNAP-authorized stores and online retailers.

D-SNAP will be implemented in phases and by county beginning Oct. 10, according to the Florida DCF. Pre-registration is required and the first phase will be done through a telephone option.

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DCF says to pre-register for D-SNAP here, which is only available to designated counties in each phase, then have a phone interview by calling the D-SNAP call center or attending an event. on site in the coming weeks.

More than 740,000 households may be eligible for D-SNAP assistance, according to the Florida DCF.

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