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.