USDA Eligibility: D-SNAP Approval For Florida Disaster Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said  that low-income Floridians recuperating from Hurricane Ian may be eligible for disaster food aid.

Tom Vilsack, agriculture secretary, said households that aren't normally eligible for SNAP may qualify for D-SNAP if they meet income restrictions and disaster-related expenses.

According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, nearly 740,000 households may be eligible for D-SNAP assistance.

To be eligible for D-SNAP, a household must live or work in a defined disaster area, have been affected by the disaster, and meet certain D-SNAP eligibility criteria.

Eligible households will receive one month's worth of benefits - the maximum monthly amount for a SNAP household of their size - to spend on food at SNAP-authorized retailers.

Through the various local media outlets, the state of Florida will spread information regarding the D-SNAP application dates and places.

Depending on the circumstances of the disaster, D-SNAP begins once commercial lines of food distribution have been restored and households are able to purchase and prepare food at home.

A state must guarantee that the necessary public information, staffing, and resources are in place before operating a D-SNAP.

State agency will offer in-person and virtual D-SNAP operations. FNS approves the usage of virtual operations due to COVID-19.

Details on Florida’s D-SNAP program will be available at the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Hurricane Ian Response & Recovery website.