Bev Perdue announced yesterday that the North Carolina Department of
Health and Human Services will provide food assistance in the form of
Disaster Food and Nutrition Services benefits (formerly called food
stamps) in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Halifax, Hyde,
Lenior, Pamlico and Tyrrell.
Perdue secured the food assistance through her request for a
presidential disaster declaration that was approved last week. The
program, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is open to
individuals not normally eligible for Food and Nutrition Services
benefits, who were affected by Hurricane Irene.
“We have been working diligently with our federal and local partners to
ensure that North Carolinians affected by Hurricane Irene get the help
they need,” Perdue said. “There is no more urgent or essential need
than food. State officials and local departments of social services are
working to make sure that people living in the counties hit hard by the
storm are able to apply for this emergency assistance.”
Residents of the affected areas of these counties who are not currently
receiving Food and Nutrition Services benefits may qualify for
temporary assistance for a one-month period if:
- their home
damaged or destroyed
- they have
- they lost
- had food
loss as a
result of a power loss of at least eight hours from Hurricane Irene.
Eligibility is based on available income and resources.
Those applying for Disaster Food and Nutrition Services benefits will
be asked to provide:
- proof of
identity along with proof of residency, such as a utility bill,
- and the
Security numbers, if available, and dates of birth for all members of
Applicants should apply in the county where they reside. Applicants
will have five consecutive days to apply for assistance beginning
today, Thursday, Sept. 8.
Households living in one of these nine counties may use their Disaster
Food and Nutrition Services Benefits to purchase hot prepared meals
from retailers that are located in these counties who are authorized to
accept EBT Benefits through Sept. 30.
Households that currently receive Food and Nutrition Services Benefits
will automatically receive a replacement of a portion of their August
benefits. These households do not need to apply for the
Food and Nutrition Services Program.
Those needing to apply for Disaster Food and Nutrition Services on
Hatteras and Ocracoke can apply in person at following locations:
Hatteras, the Dare County office in Frisco. Dates and hours
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 and 10, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and
Sunday, Sept. 11, from noon until 5 p.m. If you do not have
transportion, contact Dare Transportation at 252-475-5635.
Ocracoke, at Hyde County DSS on Sand Dollar Road. Hours are dates are
Thursday through Monday, Sept. 8-12, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
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