USDA Approves Disaster Food Benefits for Nebraska Disaster Areas
- Author: T/TAS at WKU
- Author: Thursday, March 28th, 2019
In response to the devastation caused by flooding, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that low-income Nebraskans could be eligible for food benefits through the Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) program. The USDA also approved the state's request for temporary flexibility in meeting school lunch meal pattern requirements.
The important part of this announcement, says T/TAS Executive Director Chris Watkins, is that folks who may normally not qualify for SNAP benefits could be eligible under the disaster-related guidelines. These households would have to meet the disaster income limits and have qualifying disaster-related expenses, which is certain to bring more people into the eligibility category.
D-SNAP eligible households in the affected areas will receive one month of benefits, equivalent to the maximum amount of benefits normally issued to a SNAP household of their size, to meet their food needs. To be eligible for D-SNAP, a household must live in an identified disaster area, have been affected by the disaster, and meet certain D-SNAP eligibility criteria. Nebraska will share information about D-SNAP operating dates and locations through the local media.
The USDA tweeted today they stand ready to provide assistance to farmers, ranchers, & rural communities affected by the devastation caused by recent flooding.
READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE from the USDA HERE.
J. Christopher Watkins, Executive Director
Training & Technical Assistance Services (T/TAS)
Western Kentucky University
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