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FNS Disaster Assistance

Arkansas Disaster Nutrition Assistance

Incident: Severe Storms and Tornadoes

Began: Dec. 10, 2021

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)
  • On Jan. 27, 2022, FNS approved Arkansas's modified request to operate D-SNAP in 2 additional zip codes within the original 5 counties in response to the impact of the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes that began on Dec. 10, 2021. On Dec. 23, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden issued a major disaster declaration with authorization for federal individual assistance. FNS approved Arkansas's request to operate in the following counties: Craighead, Jackson, Mississippi, Poinsett and Woodruff.
  • On Jan. 21, 2022, FNS approved Arkansas's request to operate D-SNAP in 5 counties in response to the impact of the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and tornadoes that began on Dec.10, 2021. On Dec. 23, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden issued a major disaster declaration with authorization for federal individual assistance. FNS approved Arkansas's request to operate in the following counties: Craighead, Jackson, Mississippi, Poinsett and Woodruff.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • On Jan. 6, 2022, FNS approved Arkansas Department of Human Services' request to waive the 10-day reporting requirement for replacement of food purchased with SNAP benefits that was lost as a result of power outages, tornados and thunderstorms that began on Dec. 10 through 13, 2021. The waiver applies to counties of Craighead, Jackson, Mississippi, Poinsett and Woodruff. The waiver will be in effect through Jan. 18, 2022.
Disaster Household Distribution
  • On Jan. 3, 2022, FNS approved Arkansas' use of USDA Foods for disaster household distribution, in response to food assistance needs resulting from the Presidentially declared disaster in Arkansas due to severe storms and tornadoes. The disaster household distribution food package will be provided to 2,500 individuals in 5 counties (Craighead, Poinsett, Jackson, Mississippi and Woodruff). Approval for disaster household distribution is granted starting Jan. 7, 2022, or until D-SNAP is implemented.

 

Incident: Flooding

When: May 21, 2019

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • On July 12, 2019, FNS approved Arkansas' request to expand D-SNAP to 1 additional county in response to recent flooding. FNS approves Arkansas' request to expand D-SNAP operation to Lincoln County. D-SNAP operations will run for 5 consecutive days, beginning Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19. The state agency will issue supplemental benefits to ongoing SNAP households that request them via affidavit. This expansion is otherwise subject to the same conditions and procedures in the initial D-SNAP approved by FNS on June 21, 2019.
  • On June 20, 2019, FNS approved Arkansas' request to operate a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) in 12 counties as a result of major flooding which began on May 21, 2019. Households must have experienced a disaster related adverse effect to receive D-SNAP, but are not eligible if they experienced food loss alone. The state plans to operate starting June 24, 2019, for five consecutive days in the following 12 counties: Arkansas, Conway, Crawford, Desha, Faulkner, Jefferson, Logan, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Sebastian and Yell. The state agency will issue supplemental benefits to ongoing households that request them via affidavit.

 

State agencies are responsible for requesting and operating the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). For more information, visit the state's website or call the state's SNAP hotline at 800-422-6641. For questions related to your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, call 800-997-9999.

If you think you may be eligible for disaster food assistance in your state, please contact your local state office.

01/28/2022