28 Counties Eligible For Food Assistance After Hurricane Florence

Oct 2, 2018

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People in areas that were hit hard by Hurricane Florence can apply for help buying food through the state’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  

Greene County residents are now eligible for D-SNAP, which helps low-income households replace food that was lost during the storm. Those who wish to apply must do so by Oct. 3rd.  For the other 27 counties eligible for food assistance, the deadline is this Saturday at 5pm.  Secretary of the State Department of Health and Human Services Mandy Cohen said more than 300,000 households could be eligible to receive a one-time use debit card to purchase groceries and hot meals.

“They can come in this week and fill out an application and be enrolled in this program.  If they’re an individual, they can qualify for $192 for food assistance, or a family of four, $640.”

Cohen says the debit card takes 2-3 days to be activated.  D-SNAP does not cover the purchase of alcohol, vitamins and diapers.

“To be eligible, you have to live in one of the 27 counties that were impacted by Hurricane Florence, have suffered some loss or damage related to Florence such as damage to their home, loss of income, loss of food and they need to show some type of identity and proof of residence in the counties that were impacted.”

Enrollment locations are set up in all 27 counties. For more information, go to https://www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/hurricane-florence/hurricane-florence-d-snap-locations or call 2-1-1.