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.

County Location Service Dates Hours of Operation
Beaufort Beaufort County DSS
632 W 5th St.
Washington, NC 27889
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Beaufort Chocowinity Fire Dept.
512 NC Hwy 33 E
Chocowinity, NC 27817
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Beaufort Aurora Community Center
Pearl St.
Aurora, NC 27806
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Bladen Bladen County DSS
208 East McKay St.
Elizabethtown, NC 28337
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bladen Tar Heel Fire Dept.

269 Tar Heel Ferry Road
Tar Heel, NC 28392
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bladen Bladenboro Fire Dept.

519 West Seaboard St.

Bladenboro, NC 28320

10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bladen Lower Bladen Co. (Communities Citizen Building)

153 Lightwood Knot road
Kelly, NC 28448
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bladen Powell-Melvin Center

450 Smith Circle Dr.
Elizabethtown, NC  28337
10/26/16 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Columbus Columbus County DSS

40 Government Complex Rd
Whiteville, NC 28472
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cumberland Cumberland CountyDSS
1225 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC  28301
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cumberland St. Luke’s AME Church
522 Hillsboro St.
Fayetteville, NC 28301
*NOTE: For Individuals over 60 and those with mobility issues ONLY
10/22/16 – 10/24/16
&
10/26/16
Sat., Mon., Tues., Wed.
8:00 a.m. to 5;00 p.mSun.
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m..
Dare Manteo Office
107 Exeter St.
Manteo, NC 27954
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Dare Hatteras Island-Frisco Satellite Office

NC Highway 12
Frisco, NC 27936
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Duplin Duplin County DSS
423 N. Main St.

Kenansville, NC 28349
10/26/16 – 10/26/16 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Greene Greene County DSS
227 Kingold Blvd.
Snow Hill, NC  28580
10/22/16 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Greene Greene County Community Center

814 West Harper St.
Snow Hill, NC 28580
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Harnett Harnett County DSS

311 Cornelius Harnett Blvd
Lillington, NC 27546
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hoke Hoke County DSS
316 S. Magnolia Street
Raeford, NC  28376
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hoke Senior 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; 10/26/16 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hyde Hyde County DSS
35015 US Hwy 264
Engelhard, NC 27924
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.(Sat.)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Sun. – Wed.)
Hyde Ocracoke Community Center
999 Garrish Hwy
Ocracoke NC 27960
10/25/16
10/26/16
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.(Tue.)
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.(Wed.)
Johnston Johnston County DSS
714 North Street
Smithfield, NC 27577
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Jones Jones County DSS

832 NC Hwy 58
Trenton NC 28585
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lenoir Vernon 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.
Lenoir Lagrange Community Bld.

410 E. Washington St.
LaGrange, NC 28551
10/22/16 – 10/26/16  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lenoir Pink Hill Town Hall

303 Central Ave.
Pink Hill, NC 28572
10/23/16 12:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Pender Pender County Cooperative Ext.

801 South Walker St.

Burgaw, NC 28425

10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Robeson Robeson County DSS

120 Glen Cowan Road
Lumberton, NC  28360
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sampson Sampson Co. Agri-Exposition Center

405 County Complex Road
Clinton, NC  28328
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tyrrell Tyrell County DSS (new office)

Columbia, NC  27925

208 US Hwy 64 E.

10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wayne Wayne County Agri. Center

208 W. Chestnut
Goldsboro, NC  27533
10/22/16 – 10/26/16 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.