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FNS Disaster Assistance

New York Disaster Nutrition Assistance

Incident: Nor'easter

Began April 18, 2022

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • On May 2, 2022, FNS approved New York's request to waive timely reporting of food loss for households in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Herkimer, Otsego, Tioga and Warren counties due to power outages caused by a Nor’easter that began on April 18, 2022. This waiver approval allows impacted households to make a request for replacement of SNAP benefits. The waiver is in effect through May 16, 2022.

 

Incident: Tropical Cyclone Ida

Began Sept. 1, 2021

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • On Sept. 15, 2021, FNS approved New York’s request to waive the statutory definition of "food" under Section 3(k)(1) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended, and companion regulations at 7 CFR 271.2. The waiver applies to the counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk and Westchester. This waiver approval allows SNAP households to purchase hot foods with SNAP benefits through Oct. 3, 2021 to replace food lost as a result of Tropical Cyclone Ida that began on Sept. 1, 2021, FNS has notified SNAP authorized retailers in the approved counties of the hot foods waiver approval. Retailers may need as much as 24-36 hours to make changes that will allow for sale of hot foods.
  • On Sept. 14, 2021, FNS approved the New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance request to waive timely reporting of food loss for households in the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester, and the five boroughs of New York City (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens). This waiver approval allows impacted households to make a request for replacement of SNAP benefits, as well as August 2021 Emergency Allotment replacement benefits that were issued as follows: New York City on Au. 15-19 and 22-26, 2021; and the rest of the state on Aug. 9-12 and 16-19, 2021, to replace food purchased with benefits that was lost as a result of power outages from Tropical Cyclone Ida that began on Sept. 1, 2021. The waiver will be in effect through Oct. 1, 2021.

 

Incident: Wind Storm

When: Oct. 7, 2020

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • On Oct. 21, 2020, FNS approved New York’s request to waive timely reporting of food loss for households in nine counties. This waiver allows households to make a request for replacement of SNAP benefits through Oct. 30, 2020, as a result of powerful wind storms and power outages that began on Oct. 7, 2020.

 

Incident: Tropical Storm Isaias

When: Aug. 4, 2020

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • On Aug. 12, 2020, FNS approved New York’s request to waive timely reporting of food loss for households in New York. This waiver approval allows households to request replacement of SNAP benefits through Sept. 4, 2020 to replace food lost as a result of Hurricane Isaias and power outages.

 

Incident: Snow Storms, Causing Power Outages

When: March 1-2, 2018 and March 7-8, 2018

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • On March 12, 2018, FNS approved New York's timely reporting waiver request which will allow SNAP households that suffered power outages resulting from severe snow storms to request replacement of SNAP benefits through April 2, 2018. These replacement SNAP benefits will allow households to replace food lost as a result of the severe weather. Replacements will be authorized for the amount of the loss, not to exceed the monthly allotment for the household.

 

New York SNAP Website

09/15/2020