Additional SNAP Benefits: How do emergency food stamps work?

With Hurricane Ian After large parts of Florida were devastated, the state began recovery efforts, with government officials providing eligible residents with guidance on how to access more SNAP Benefitswhich was formerly known as Food Stamps.

While families who typically receive SNAP benefits between October 1-14 received their benefits early, September 27 to be exact, the state has authorized the release of additional benefits to those individuals who suffered food losses due to Hurricane Ian.

Strong winds and raging seas from Hurricane Ian swept the rubble along a road near Grand Cayman, Cayman

Which Parts of Florida Will Get Hurricane Ian’s Food Stamps?

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) has also received approvals to penalize the collective replacement of SNAP benefits for all families who did not receive an early release of the October payments listed above.

The department also issued replacement benefits to the following Florida counties that were most affected by the storm:

  • Charlotte
  • collier
  • Desoto
  • Flagler
  • Gladys
  • hardy
  • henry
  • heights
  • Hillsborough
  • Mine
  • manatee
  • Okeechobee
  • orange
  • Pinellas
  • Polk
  • Putnam
  • Sarasota
  • Seminole
  • Volusia

The DCF is still awaiting approval for Osceola and St.

What is the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program?

The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) Provides assistance to low-income families who have experienced food loss or damage from a natural disaster.

A household does not have to qualify for SNAP to be eligible for D-SNAP benefits. You may be eligible to receive D-SNAP assistance if you meet one or more of the criteria listed below:

  • Home or business repairs
  • Temporary shelter expenses
  • Evacuation or moving expenses
  • Personal injury related to disasters, including funeral expenses
  • loss or lack of income due to the disaster; Includes reduction, termination, or delayed receipt of income for a significant portion of the benefit period
  • In some cases, food loss after a disaster such as a flood or a power outage

As of October 5, DCF is still waiting for the USDA, the authority that oversees SNAP, to approve the application for non-SNAP recipients to receive SNAP benefits and for existing SNAP participants to obtain the maximum benefit for their family size. .

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