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USDA Approves Emergency Food Benefits for Hurricane Victims

Originally posted here on North Carolina Health News.  
In the wake of the storm, many folks who have lost food will be eligible for temporary benefits. County officials will start taking applications  on Saturday.
By Rose Hoban

Residents of areas affected by Hurricane Matthew will be eligible for emergency food benefits through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Disaster Food and Nutrition Services Program, state officials announced Friday afternoon. State officials held a late afternoon phone conference to detail the emergency program, which will provide people in 18 counties who are currently not receiving benefits Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (also known as food stamps) with a way to get food. “Folks who have been impacted by flooding, lost food, lost their home, significant loss of jobs, or other impacts are eligible and can apply for assistance with the disaster application process,” said Wayne Black, director for social services and county operations for the state Department of Health and Human Services. People who simply lost all their food because power to their homes was out for more than 8 hours are eligible, along with the people who have had more significant losses of property.

The application period is short – only from Saturday through Wednesday – so people will need to act fast. “There’s another part of this… current recipients of Food and Nutrition Services will receive the maximum benefit, based on their household side… automatically through our NC FAST system a supplement,” Black said. He emphasized that those folks do not have to come in to apply for extra benefits, but the benefit will be applied directly to their Electronic Benefits Transfer cards.

To be determine eligibility, applicants for the disaster benefits will need to provide:
  • Identification Photo ID or any other document that verifies your identity
  • Residency (if possible)
  • Utility bills, tax bills, or insurance policies, or a collateral (friend, employer, pastor, etc.);
  • Social Security Number and date of birth for each household member (do not need Social Security Cards, just the number);
  • Amount of take home pay for each household member
“With the D-SNAP program, many of the normal qualifications will be waived by the USDA,” said David Locklear, the chief of economic services for the state Division of Social Services. “Therefore, we will be accepting the client’s statement for other verification, other than identification.” Locations for receiving applications will only be open for a few days, and they can get help for a one-month certification. (see table below) “Individuals who wish to be considered for ongoing eligibility would have to return to their social services agency to apply for the regular food and nutrition services program,” Locklear said. After Hurricanes Floyd, Fran and Irene, people in affected counties were eligible for similar benefits. Wayne said about 98,000 people received the disaster food relief after Floyd in 1999.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

Your liquid resources (cash readily available and all funds in checking and saving accounts) must be less than $2,250 ($3,250 or less if someone in your household is age 60 or older). Your total income received (or expected to be received) between October 8, 2016 through November 6, 2016, minus a deduction for disaster-related expenses and shelter expenses, shall not exceed federal income limits.
CountyLocationService DatesHours of Operation
BeaufortBeaufort County DSS 632 W 5th St. Washington, NC 2788910/22/16 – 10/26/168:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
BeaufortChocowinity Fire Dept. 512 NC Hwy 33 E Chocowinity, NC 2781710/22/16 – 10/26/168:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
BeaufortAurora Community Center Pearl St. Aurora, NC 2780610/22/16 – 10/26/168:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
BladenBladen County DSS 208 East McKay St. Elizabethtown, NC 2833710/22/16 – 10/26/168:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
BladenTar Heel Fire Dept.
269 Tar Heel Ferry Road Tar Heel, NC 28392
10/22/16 – 10/26/168:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
BladenBladenboro Fire Dept.
519 West Seaboard St.
Bladenboro, NC 28320
10/22/16 – 10/26/168:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
BladenLower Bladen Co. (Communities Citizen Building)
153 Lightwood Knot road Kelly, NC 28448
10/22/16 – 10/26/168:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
BladenPowell-Melvin Center
450 Smith Circle Dr. Elizabethtown, NC  28337
10/26/168:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
ColumbusColumbus County DSS
40 Government Complex Rd Whiteville, NC 28472
10/22/16 – 10/26/168:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CumberlandCumberland CountyDSS 1225 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, NC  2830110/22/16 – 10/26/168:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CumberlandSt. Luke’s AME Church 522 Hillsboro St. Fayetteville, NC 28301 *NOTE: For Individuals over 60 and those with mobility issues ONLY10/22/16 – 10/24/16 & 10/26/16Sat., Mon., Tues., Wed. 8:00 a.m. to 5;00 p.mSun. 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m..
DareManteo Office 107 Exeter St. Manteo, NC 2795410/22/16 – 10/26/168:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
DareHatteras Island-Frisco Satellite Office
NC Highway 12 Frisco, NC 27936
10/22/16 – 10/26/169:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
DuplinDuplin County DSS 423 N. Main St.
Kenansville, NC 28349
10/26/16 – 10/26/168:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
GreeneGreene County DSS 227 Kingold Blvd. Snow Hill, NC  2858010/22/169:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
GreeneGreene County Community Center
814 West Harper St. Snow Hill, NC 28580
10/22/16 – 10/26/169:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
HarnettHarnett County DSS
311 Cornelius Harnett Blvd
Lillington, NC 27546
10/22/16 – 10/26/168:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
HokeHoke County DSS 316 S. Magnolia Street Raeford, NC  2837610/22/16 – 10/26/168:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
HokeSenior Services 423 E. Central Ave.
Raeford, NC 28379 *Note for citizens 65 and over, and citizens with medical devices ONLY
10/22/16;10/24/16; 10/26/167:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
HydeHyde County DSS 35015 US Hwy 264 Engelhard, NC 2792410/22/16 – 10/26/168:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.(Sat.) 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Sun. – Wed.)
HydeOcracoke Community Center 999 Garrish Hwy Ocracoke NC 2796010/25/16 10/26/168:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.(Tue.) 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.(Wed.)
JohnstonJohnston County DSS 714 North Street Smithfield, NC 2757710/22/16 – 10/26/168:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
JonesJones County DSS
832 NC Hwy 58
Trenton NC 28585
10/22/16 – 10/26/168:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
LenoirVernon Park Mall (old Eckerd’s)
834 Hardee Rd
Kinston, NC 28054
10/22/16 – 10/26/16
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
LenoirLagrange Community Bld.
410 E. Washington St. LaGrange, NC 28551
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
LenoirPink Hill Town Hall
303 Central Ave. Pink Hill, NC 28572
10/23/1612:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.
PenderPender County Cooperative Ext.
801 South Walker St.
Burgaw, NC 28425
10/22/16 – 10/26/168:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
RobesonRobeson County DSS
120 Glen Cowan Road Lumberton, NC  28360
10/22/16 – 10/26/168:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
SampsonSampson Co. Agri-Exposition Center
405 County Complex Road Clinton, NC  28328
10/22/16 – 10/26/168:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
TyrrellTyrell County DSS (new office)
Columbia, NC  27925
208 US Hwy 64 E.
10/22/16 – 10/26/168:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WayneWayne County Agri. Center
208 W. Chestnut Goldsboro, NC  27533
10/22/16 – 10/26/168:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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