Emergency food aid for storm-affected Californians

Mar 04, 2024

By Farms.com

As California grapples with the aftermath of severe storms and power outages from January 21, 2024, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced vital support through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). This program is specifically tailored to help low-income households severely affected by the recent weather calamities, potentially benefiting around 4,500 families who might not typically qualify for regular SNAP assistance. 

Highlighting the USDA's dedication, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has pledged to ensure that impacted families receive the necessary food support as they navigate the challenges post-disaster. D-SNAP will offer a one-time benefit equivalent to the maximum monthly amount for a SNAP household of their size, aiding in their temporary food needs. 

Eligibility for D-SNAP requires residing or working in a disaster-identified area, being adversely affected by the disaster, and meeting defined eligibility benchmarks. The application period is set for early March, with California providing precise details through local media outreach. 

This D-SNAP initiative is among several USDA actions aimed at offering relief to Californians in the wake of the storms. These actions include approval of mass replacements and reporting waivers for SNAP participants in multiple counties and sanctioning non-congregate feeding options for childcare food programs, reflecting a comprehensive approach to disaster recovery. 

The USDA's Food and Nutrition Service plays a crucial role in addressing hunger and improving food and nutrition security nationwide, through a variety of programs that support one in four Americans annually. This effort aligns with the agency's goal of ensuring consistent access to healthy, safe, and affordable food, contributing to the overall health and well-being of the population and supporting the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to nutrition security.

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