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Food Assistance for Disaster Relief

North Carolina Disaster Nutrition Assistance

Last Published: 10/22/2018

Incident: Hurricane Michael

When: Oct. 10, 2018, and continuing

FNS Disaster Nutrition Assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • On Oct. 19, 2018, FNS approved the North Carolina request for timely household reporting of food loss for the State of North Carolina.  This waiver approval will allow households to make a request for replacement of SNAP benefits through Oct. 31, 2018.  These replacement SNAP benefits will allow households to replace food lost as a result of Hurricane Michael.

 

Incident: Hurricane Florence

When: Began Sept. 7, 2018, and continuing

FNS Disaster Nutrition Assistance

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)

  • On October 17, FNS approved North Carolina’s request to expand D-SNAP operations in three additional counties (Anson, Orange, and Union) in response to the impact of Hurricane Florence. For specific information regarding D-SNAP eligibility and operations, click here, or call the State’s SNAP hotline at 866-719-0141. If you need assistance with or a replacement of your North Carolina EBT card, please call the State’s EBT customer service number at 888-622-7328.

  • On September 28, FNS approved North Carolina’s request to expand D-SNAP operations in one additional (Greene) county in response to the impact of Hurricane Florence. 

  • On September 25, FNS approved North Carolina’s request to expand D-SNAP operations in 9 additional counties in response to the impact of Hurricane Florence:

    Hoke
    Hyde
    Johnson
    Lee
    Moore
    Pitt
    Richmond
    Scotland
    Wilson
  • On September 23, FNS approved North Carolina’s request to operate a D-SNAP in 18 counties.
     
    Beaufort
    Bladen
    Brunswick
    Carteret
    Columbus
    Craven
    Cumberland
    Duplin
    Harnett
    Jones
    Lenoir
    New Hanover
    Onslow
    Pamlico
    Pender
    Robeson
    Sampson
    Wayne

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • On October 17, 2018, FNS approved North Carolina's request to extend SNAP cases that are scheduled to expire in October and November 2018 for 6 months.  This approval applies to the following 3 counties: Anson, Orange, and Union.
  • On September 26, 2018, FNS approved North Carolina’s request to issue mass replacements for residents in certain counties that suffered food losses resulting from power outages and flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.  This waiver allows the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to automatically replace 60 percent of the September 2018 SNAP benefit for households in the following counties:
     
    Hoke
    Hyde
    Lee
    Moore
    Richmond
    Scotland
  • On September 23, 2018, FNS approved North Carolina’s request to issue mass replacements for residents in certain counties that suffered food losses resulting from power outages and flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.  This waiver allows the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to automatically replace 60 percent of the September 2018 SNAP benefit for households in the following counties: 

    Bladen
    Brunswick
    Carteret
    Columbus
    Craven
    Duplin
    Jones
    Harnett
    New Hanover
    Onslow
    Pamlico
    Pender
    Robeson
    Sampson
  • On September 19, 2018, FNS approved North Carolina’s request to extend certification periods and waive periodic reporting requirements for ongoing SNAP households in 18 counties. The approved request allows the State agency to extend SNAP cases that are scheduled to expire in September and October 2018 for 6 months.  On September 26, the State requested to expand this waiver to an additional 9 counties.  On September 28, FNS modified this approval for use in all counties throughout the State. The State agency will allow each county the flexibility to elect to operate this waiver.

  • On September 16, 2018, FNS approved North Carolina’s request to allow for hot foods to be purchased at SNAP authorized retailers through October 31, 2018.  The waiver applies to the State of North Carolina.  Note, retailers may need as much as 24-36 hours to make changes that will allow for sale of hot foods.  Please set appropriate expectations when messaging hot foods availability to SNAP participants.
     
  • On September 16, 2018, FNS approved the North Carolina request for timely household reporting of food loss for the State of North Carolina.  This waiver approval will allow households to make a request for replacement of SNAP benefits through October 15, 2018.  These replacement SNAP benefits will allow households to replace food lost as a result of Hurricane Florence.

Child Nutrition Programs

  • On October 19, FNS extended two disaster approvals for certain counties in North Carolina impacted by Hurricane Florence.  Schools in Craven, Duplin, Onslow, Pender, and Robeson counties may continue to serve meals that do not meet the school breakfast and lunch meal pattern requirements through November 30, 2018.  Schools in Craven, Duplin, Onslow, and Pender counties may continue to provide school meals to students at no cost and claim all meals at the free reimbursement rate through November 30, 2018.
 
  • On October 1, FNS approved North Carolina’s request to assist Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) institutions and facilities impacted by Hurricane Florence by waiving meal pattern requirement for the 28 counties with a Major Disaster Declaration in North Carolina. The approval is effective from September 14 to October 31, 2018.
 
  • On September 27, FNS issued three approvals for disaster waivers and flexibilities to assist schools and summer feeding sites in North Carolina impacted by Hurricane Florence. 
    1) Schools in  nine counties (Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Pitt, Richmond, Scotland and Wilson) are permitted to:
    2) Summer feeding sites operated by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (FBCEN) located in counties covered by FEMA’s Major Disaster Declaration (MDD) are approved for extensions for two waivers, now effective through October 19 (previously set to expire September 30):
    These waiver approvals also apply to FBCEN feeding sites located in the nine new counties included in the MDD amendment mentioned above (total of 27 counties).
    3) Schools in five counties (Buncombe, Caswell, Nash/Rocky Mount, Person and Martin) not covered by FEMA’s MDD are approved to continue to serve meals that do not meet the school lunch and school breakfast meal pattern requirements, through October 12.  This targeted and limited extension is based on continued challenges accessing adequate food supplies in these five counties as a result of Hurricane Florence.  For all other counties in NC that are not covered by FEMA’s MDD, approval to serve school meals that did not meet the meal pattern requirements expired on September 30. 
    • Serve meals that do not meet the school lunch, school breakfast, and summer meal pattern requirements, through October 19.
    • Provide school meals at no charge and claim all meals at the free rate, through October 31.
    • Allow children at summer feeding sites to take meals home to eat, if staying on site is not an option, through October 19.
    • Serve meals that do not meet the summer meal pattern requirements.
    • Allow children at summer feeding sites to take meals home to eat, if staying on site is not an option.
  • On September 19, 2018 FNS approved a waiver request from North Carolina to allow School Food Authorities (SFAs) to operate Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites at both school and non-school sites.  Due to difficulties accessing appropriate foods, FNS is also allowing SFAs operating the SFSP in the impacted areas to be reimbursed for meals that do not meet the meal pattern requirements. The waiver also allows children at these SFSP sites to take meals home to eat, if staying on site is not an option.  This waiver applies to the 18 counties approved for individual assistance (IA) through October 19, 2018.
     
  • On September 17, 2018, FNS approved North Carolina’s request for disaster flexibilities to assist schools impacted by Hurricane Florence. This applies to schools that operate the school lunch and school breakfast programs throughout North Carolina.  Schools throughout North Carolina may have served and received reimbursement for lunch and breakfast meals that did not meet the meal pattern requirements, effective through September 30, 2018. 
     
  • On September 17, 2018, FNS approved North Carolina’s request to provide flexibility to schools in what they can serve students in the Federal school meal programs, given the challenges of preparing specific foods during this period. Therefore, schools will be able to serve meals through October 19, 2018, that do not meet the menu planning or meal pattern requirements for schools and institutions in the 18 counties in North Carolina included in the Major Disaster Declaration.  All students in these 18 counties in NC are eligible to receive free school meals through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs through October 31, 2018, as well. Schools will be reimbursed at the free rate for all meals served.
 
  • The State may designate schools and other facilities as emergency shelters, which can operate under the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

  • North Carolina WIC may replace participant food benefits for the month of September that were damaged or stolen during Hurricane Florence.  Participants must sign a statement attesting to the fact that their food benefits have been damaged, destroyed, or stolen as a result of a disaster.  Please contact the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services 1-800-367-2229 for further information.

North Carolina Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Website:

https://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1389

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

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Incident: Tornado and Severe Storm

When: April 15, 2018 

FNS Disaster Nutrition Assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • On May 21, 2018, FNS approved North Carolina's request to operate a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) in Guilford County for one additional day, through May 22, 2018, to allow impacted individuals additional time to apply for benefits. 
     
  • On May 15, 2018, FNS approved a North Carolina request for a D-SNAP in Guliford and Rockingham Counties due to the impact of a tornado and severe storms that occurred in April 2018. The D-SNAP was approved to operate May 17-21, 2018.  FNS also approved the State's request for a 1-month disaster supplement to all eligible ongoing SNAP households that resided in certain impacted areas of the approved counties and requested and received replacement benefits.  Ongoing SNAP households that were already receiving the maximum monthly allotment were not eligible for disaster supplements. Disaster supplements provided for equity in disaster assistance, as supplements bring ongoing households up to their maximum allotment based on household size.
     
  • On May 21, 2018, FNS approved the State's request to extend the 10-day reporting timeline by one additional day in Guilford County so that ongoing SNAP households had until May 22, 2018 to report SNAP food loss and request replacement benefits.
     
  • On May 15, 2018, FNS approved a request to extend the 10-day reporting timeline so that ongoing SNAP households in Guliford and Rockingham counties had until May 21, 2018 to report SNAP food loss and request replacement benefits.