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Food Assistance for Disaster Relief

Georgia Disaster Nutrition Assistance

Last Published: 11/06/2018

Incident: Hurricane Michael

When: Oct. 10, 2018, and continuing

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)

  • On November 2, FNS approved Georgia’s request to operate a D-SNAP Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Laurens, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner and Worth counties starting on November 7.  FNS also approved Georgia’s request to allow for the expungement of unused D-SNAP benefits 90 days after the date the benefits become available.  The waiver will take effect upon approval and will remain in effect until all benefits issued for the disaster benefit period of November 7, 2018, through November 19, 2018, have been expunged. Look for specific information regarding D-SNAP eligibility and operations on state web pages or call the State’s D-SNAP hotline.
D-SNAP Hotline: 833-376-2742
If you need assistance with or a replacement of your EBT card, please call the State’s EBT customer service number at: 888-421-3281.

Child Nutrition Programs

  • On November 2, 2018, FNS approved Georgia's request to allow schools in Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Miller, Seminole, Calhoun, Clay, Laurens, Randolph, Sumter, Tift and Turner counties to serve meals that do not meet the school lunch and breakfast program meal pattern requirements, effective October 25 through November 30, 2018.
  • On November 2, 2018, FNS approved Georgia's request to allow schools in Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Miller, Seminole, Calhoun, Clay, Laurens, Randolph, Sumter, Tift and Turner counties to use the same location and count and claim school lunch and breakfast meals separately for more than one school, effective October 25, 2018, through November 30, 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • On Oct. 19, 2018, FNS approved Georgia’s request to allow for hot foods to be purchased at SNAP authorized retailers through Nov. 17, 2018.  The waiver applies to the following counties:
    Baker
    Crisp
    Decatur
    Doughert
    Early
    Grady
    Lee
    Miller
    Mitchell
    Seminole
    Terrell
     
    Thomas
    Worth
     

    It also applies to the nearby counties:

    Ben Hill
    Brooks
    Calhoun
    Clay
    Cook
    Randolph
    Sumter
    Tift
    Turner
    Webster

    Note: Retailers may need as much as 24-36 hours to make changes that will allow for sale of hot foods.

  • On Oct. 17, 2018, FNS approved Georgia’s request to waive timely reporting of food loss to households in 92 impacted counties listed below.  This waiver approval will allow households in these affected counties to make a request for replacement of SNAP benefits through Oct. 31, 2018.   

    Appling
    Atkinson
    Bacon
    Baker
    Baldwin
    Ben Hill
    Berrien
    Bibb
    Bleckley
    Brantley
    Brooks
    Bryan
    Bulloch
    Burke
    Calhoun
    Camden
    Candler
    Charlton
    Chatham
    Chattahoochee
    Clay
    Clinch
    Coffee
    Colquitt
    Cook
    Crawford
    Crisp
    Decatur
    Dodge
    Dooly
    Dougherty
    Early
    Echols
    Effingham
    Emanuel
    Evans
    Glascock
    Glynn
    Grady
    Hancock
    Houston
    Irwin
    Jeff Davis
    Jefferson
    Jenkins
    Johnson
    Jones
    Lanier
    Laurens
    Lee
    Liberty
    Long
    Lowndes
    Macon
    Marion
    McIntosh
    Miller
    Mitchell
    Montgomery
    Muscogee
    Peach
    Pierce
    Pulaski
    Quitman
    Randolph
    Richmond
    Schley
    Screven
    Seminole
    Stewart
    Sumter
    Talbot
    Tattnall
    Taylor
    Telfair
    Terrell
    Thomas
    Tift
    Toombs
    Treutlen
    Turner
    Twiggs
    Upson
    Ware
    Warren
    Washington
    Wayne
    Webster
    Wheeler
    Wilcox
    Wilkinson
    Worth
  • On Oct. 14, 2018, Georgia issued remaining October SNAP benefits.

Georgia Department of Children and Family Services' Food Stamps' Website
 

Incident: Hurricane Irma

When: Sept. 8, 2017, and continuing

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • FNS approved the State's request to issue automatic, mass replacements of 45 percent of September 2017 SNAP benefits to SNAP households in the following 71 counties. The mass replacement benefits were issued to replace food that was purchased with September 2017 SNAP benefits that was destroyed due to the disaster. Replacement benefits were automatically issued to all regular SNAP households in the affected counties, by means of an automated credit to their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. Households that had already received replacement benefits based on a signed affidavit of loss were excluded from the mass replacement process. Furthermore, if a client submitted an affidavit after receiving a mass replacement and requested an amount greater than the replacement benefit amount received, the household was only entitled to receive the difference between the requested amount and the amount previously replaced. Replacement benefits cannot exceed the maximum monthly allotment for the household.
     
    Appling
    Atkinson
    Bacon
    Baker
    Banks
    Berrien
    Bibb *
    Brantley
    Brooks
    Bryan
    Butts
    Camden
    Candler
    Clinch
    Coffee
    Colquitt
    Cook
    Crawford
    Dawson
    DeKalb *
    Dooly
    Echols
    Emanuel
    Evans
    Glascock
    Glynn
    Greene
    Habersham
    Hall
    Hancock
    Irwin
    Jackson
    Jasper
    Jeff Davis
    Jenkins
    Johnson
    Jones
    Lanier
    Lee
    Long
    Lowndes
    Lumpkin
    Macon
    Mcintosh
    Mitchell
    Monroe
    Morgan
    Oglethorpe
    Peach
    Pickens
    Pierce
    Pulaski
    Putnam
    Rockdale
    Screven
    Stewart
    Taliaferro
    Tattnall
    Telfair
    Tift
    Towns
    Turner
    Warren
    Washington
    Wayne
    Webster
    Wheeler
    White
    Wilcox
    Wilkes
    Worth
            * approved 9/24
  • FNS approved the State's request to extend the time period households had to report food loss through individual affidavit. Households had until Oct. 2, 2017, to submit such affidavits to their local offices.
  • Due to the approach of Hurricane Irma, Georgia issued all remaining September 2017 SNAP benefits, early, on Sept. 10, 2017, to clients statewide.
      
    Georgia Department of Children and Family Services' Food Stamps' Website

Child Nutrition Programs

  • On October 20, FNS approved the State of Georgia’s request to extend Hurricane Irma-related waivers in 4 counties that were set to expire on October 20. These waivers applied to schools and residential child care institutions that operated the NSLP and SBP. The 4 counties were: Camden, Chatham, Glynn, and Hall counties. These waivers were previously approved by FNS on September 16 and 29. All students in these 4 counties in GA could continue to receive free school meals through the National School Lunch Program through October 31. Schools will be reimbursed at the free rate for all meals served.
  • On September 29, FNS approved requests from the State of Georgia to extend previously approved flexibilities of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to school food authorities (SFAs) in 6 counties (Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Habersham, Hall, and White).  Specifically:

-- All students in affected disaster areas in Georgia continued to receive free school meals through the National School Lunch Program through October 20. Schools will be reimbursed at the free rate for all meals served.
--Schools were able to serve meals through October 20 that did not meet the menu planning or meal pattern requirements for schools and institutions in the affected areas.

  • On September 16, FNS approved requests from the State to provide flexibilities to school food authorities (SFAs) of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) in 35 counties (Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Chattooga, Clinch, Coffee, DeKalb, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Habersham, Hall, Jeff Davis, Jenkins, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Ware, and Wayne) as well as Gainesville City. Specifically:

-- All students in affected disaster areas in Georgia were able to enjoy free school meals through the National School Lunch Program through Sept. 29, 2017.
-- Schools were able to serve meals through Sept. 29, 2017, that did not meet the menu planning or meal pattern requirements for schools and institutions in the affected areas.
-- Schools had the option to operate the NSLP's Seamless Summer Option during the school year when schools had unanticipated closures.
-- Schools not directly impacted by the hurricane may have used their commodity foods to provide plated meals to shelters or other school food service operations.
-- Other flexibilities included: allowing two schools to utilize the same location and claim meals separately through NSLP and SBP; and several waivers and extensions of timelines related to administrative and operational activities.

 

Incident: Tornadoes and Severe Weather

When: January 21 and 22, 2017

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • FNS approved the State’s request for timely reporting of SNAP food losses and requests for replacement benefits in the following counties: Berrien, Cook, Crisp, Doughertry, Turner and Wilcox. Affected households in the above counties had until Feb. 11, 2017, to report SNAP food loss and request replacement benefits due to the tornadoes and severe weather that impacted the area from January 21 though January 22. Replacements were authorized for the amount of the loss, not to exceed the monthly allotment for the household.
      
    Georgia Department of Children and Family Services' Food Stamps' Website

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

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