Food stamp program rules eased for citizens impacted by Irma

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By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 13, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering additional help to citizens who utilize federal nutrition assistance programs.

The USDA announced Wednesday that households participating in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Florida, Georgia, the Virgin Islands, and the Nutrition Assistance Program in Puerto Rico, can now take advantage of a recently approved temporary waiver that:

  • Allows SNAP participants in Florida to buy hot foods and hot ready-to-eat foods with their benefits through Sept. 30
  • Supports Florida’s plan to issue all September SNAP benefits on Sept. 7 and Georgia’s plan to issue all remaining benefits for September on Sept. 10 to ensure families have access to their monthly benefits sooner
  • Supports Puerto Rico’s action to issue all September Nutrition Assistance Program benefits on Sept. 5, before the storm
  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said, "USDA stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans struggling in the path of devastation created by this historic storm. Working with our state and private-sector partners, we are actively taking measures to ensure that people in these areas get the food they need."

    For more information on federal nutrition assistance programs, click here.