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Iowa Disaster Nutrition Assistance

Incident: Severe Weather

When: June 3, 2024

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP)

  • On June 12, 2024, FNS approved the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) request to waive the 10-day reporting requirement for food purchased with SNAP benefits that was lost as a result of power outages due to severe weather that occurred on June 3, 2024. The waiver applies to Emmet County and is in effect through July 3, 2024.

Incident: Severe Storms and Tornadoes

When: May 21, 2024

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP)

  • On May 31, 2024, FNS approved the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) request to waive the 10-day reporting requirement for food purchased with SNAP benefits that was lost as a result of power outages due to severe storms and tornadoes that began on May 21, 2024. The waiver applies to Adair, Adams, Black Hawk, Buena Vista, Butler, Calhoun, Cass, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Clay, Clinton, Dallas, Dubuque, Fayette, Franklin, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Humboldt, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Keokuk, Kossuth, Marion, Marshall, Mills, Montgomery, Muscatine, O’Brien, Page, Palo Alto, Polk, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Scott, Shelby, Story, Tama, Union, Warren, Washington, Webster, and Wright counties. The waiver is in effect through June 20, 2024.

Past Responses

2020

Incident: Severe Storms and Straight Line Winds (Derecho)

When: Aug. 10, 2020

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP)

  • On Jan. 5, 2021, FNS approved Iowa’s request to expand D-SNAP operations to Clinton County in response to the impact of severe storms that occurred on Aug. 10, 2020. The application period for Clinton County will begin no earlier than Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, and continue through Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.
  • On Sept. 10, 2020, FNS approved Iowa’s amended request to waive timely reporting of food loss allowing households in 27 counties to request replacement of SNAP benefits through Sept. 28, 2020 as a result of wind, rainstorms and power outages that occurred on Aug. 10, 2020.
  • On Sept. 10, 2020, FNS approved Iowa’s request to expand D-SNAP operations in 10 additional counties in response to the impact of severe storms that occurred on Aug. 10, 2020. The State will operate the program in two phases, from Sept. 15 through Sept. 19, 2020; and from Sept. 22 through Sept. 26, 2020. With this expansion, the state agency has been approved to operate D-SNAP in 11 counties.
  • On Aug. 27, 2020, FNS approved Iowa’s request to operate D-SNAP operations in Linn County in response to the impact of severe storms that occurred on Aug. 10, 2020. The application period will begin no earlier than Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, and will operate no more than 7 consecutive days until Sept. 6, 2020.
  • On Aug. 21, 2020, FNS approved Iowa's hot food waiver request. This waiver allows SNAP households to purchase hot foods with SNAP benefits in Linn County through Sept. 21, 2020.
  • On Aug.18, 2020, FNS approved Iowa's request to waive timely reporting of food loss allowing households in the below counties to request replacement SNAP benefits through Sept. 17, 2020, to replace food lost as a result of wind, rainstorms and power outages. Impacted counties:
    Audubon, Benton, Boone, Cass, Cedar, Clarke, Clinton, Dallas, Greene, Grundy, Guthrie, Hardin, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Madison, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, Tama and Washington.
2019

Incident: Severe Storms and Flooding

When: March 12, 2019

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP)

  • On April 3, 2019, FNS approved Iowa's request to operate a Disaster-SNAP (D-SNAP) in 5 counties: Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, and Woodbury on Monday, April 8, through Friday, April 12, 2019. Operations will be closed during the weekend and will resume Monday, April 15, through Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The state agency will issue supplemental benefits to ongoing households that request them via affidavit. On April 17, FNS approved Iowa's request to operate D-SNAP in two additional counties–Pottawattamie and Shelby. The state agency will operate D-SNAP from Monday, April 22, through Friday, April 26, 2019. The state agency will also issue supplemental benefits to ongoing households that request them via affidavit.
  • On April 2, 2019, FNS approved a waiver of timely reporting requirements for replacement of SNAP benefits by individual affidavit/attestation due to storms and major flooding that began on March 12, 2019. The waiver applies to the following counties: Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, and Woodbury. Replacements will be authorized if reported between March 12 and April 30, 2019.

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 1-877-347-5678. For questions related to your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, call 1-800-359-5802.

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

Page updated: June 12, 2024