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Hawaii Disaster Nutrition Assistance

Last Published: 10/16/2018

Incident: Hurricane Lane

 

When: August 24, 2018 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • On September 12, 2018, FNS approved Hawaii's request for a timely reporting of food loss waiver.  This waiver allowed households across the state to make a request for replacement SNAP benefits through October 4, 2018.

Incident: Volcano and Earthquakes

When: Began May 3, 2018 

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)

  • On July 18, 2018, FNS approved the Hawaii Department of Human Services’ request to operate D-SNAP in limited areas of Hawaii County due to impacts from the ongoing Kilauea East Rift Zone volcanic eruption.  The State Agency accepted D-SNAP applications July 25-27, 2018 and July 30- August 2, 2018.  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ongoing participants who lived or worked in these limited areas of Hawaii County requested disaster supplements on an individual basis.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • On July 25, 2018, FNS approved Hawaii’s request to allow for hot foods to be purchased at SNAP authorized retailers in Hawaii County.   Due to the power outages, severe flooding and displacements caused by the Kilauea Volcanic Eruption, the waiver permited affected SNAP households in Hawaii County to buy hot foods and hot food products with their SNAP benefits through August 24, 2018.   

  • On July 4, 2018, FNS approved the Hawaii request for extension of the timely household reporting of food loss for the affected areas of Hawaii county.  This waiver approval allowed households to make a request for replacement of SNAP benefits through August 6, 2018.  On June 8, 2018, FNS approved Hawaii's request to extend the timely household reporting of food loss waiver for Hawaii County through July 5, 2018.  This waiver approval allowed households to make a request for replacement of SNAP benefits through July 5, 2018. On May 12, 2018, FNS approved the Hawaii request for timely household reporting of food loss for Hawaii County. This waiver approval allowed households to make a request for replacement of SNAP benefits through June 4, 2018. These replacement SNAP benefits allowed households to replace food lost due to volcanic eruption, lava intrusion, and high levels of Sulfur Dioxide.

 

Incident: Flooding and Landslides

When: April 13-15, 2018

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • On April 30, 2018 FNS approved a Hawaii request for timely household reporting of food loss for the affected areas of Kauai County. This waiver approval allowed households that suffered power outages resulting from flooding and landslides, which occurred between April 13 and April 15, in the Hanalei region, to make a request for replacement of SNAP benefits through May 16, 2018. These replacement SNAP benefit allowed households to replace food lost as a result of the flooding and landslides.  On May 18, 2018, FNS approved Hawaii’s request for extension, which will allowed households that suffered power outages resulting from flooding and landslides to make a request for replacement of SNAP benefits until June 4, 2018. 

Hawaii Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Website:

https://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1252

 

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

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