WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2017 – In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Department of Agriculture has tweaked some of its nutrition programs as people recover from the storms. On Monday, USDA announced the availability of Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP), which expands the eligibility of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to a broader group of people than those typically eligible. D-SNAP gives two months of benefits equivalent to the maximum amount of benefits normally issued to a SNAP household of the applicant’s size. On Tuesday, the department announced the easing of SNAP program rules in Florida, Georgia, and Puerto Rico. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service approved a temporary waiver allowing for Florida residents to buy hot and hot ready-to-eat foods with SNAP benefits through the end of September and allowing for early distribution of SNAP benefits in that state as well as in Georgia and Puerto Rico.


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