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FNS Disaster Assistance

Tennessee Disaster Nutrition Assistance

Incident: Tennessee Severe Storms

Began Feb 3, 2021

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • On Feb. 11, 2022, FNS approved Tennessee Department of Human Services’ request to waive the 10-day reporting requirement for replacement of food purchased with SNAP benefits that was lost as a result of power outages and storms that began on Feb. 3, 2022. The waiver applies to Shelby County. The waiver is in effect through Feb. 24, 2022.

 

Incident: Tennessee Severe Storms

Began Dec 10, 2021

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)
  • On Feb. 7, 2022, FNS approved Tennessee’s request to operate D-SNAP in 12 counties in response to the impact of the severe storms, straight-line winds and tornados that began on Dec. 10, 2021. On Jan. 14, 2022, President Joseph R. Biden issued a major disaster declaration with authorization for federal individual assistance for the following counties: Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Gibson, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Obion, Stewart, Sumner, Weakley and Wilson.

 

Incident: Tennessee Severe Storms

Began Aug. 21, 2021

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • On Sept. 3, 2021, FNS approved Tennessee’s request to operate a virtual D-SNAP in Dickson, Hickman, Houston and Humphreys counties in response to severe storms and flooding that began on Aug. 21, 2021. The state will operate the application period in 2 phases as follows:
    • Humphreys County – Sept. 13–17, 2021
    • Dickson, Hickman and Houston counties – Sept. 20-24, 2021
  • On Aug. 30, 2021, FNS approved a Tennessee request to waive timely reporting of food loss for households in Humphreys, Dickson, Houston and Hickman counties. This waiver approval allows impacted households to make a request for replacement of SNAP benefits for food purchased with SNAP benefits that was lost as a result of power outages, severe storms, and flash flooding that began on Aug. 21, 2021. The waiver will be in effect through Sept. 30, 2021.
  • On Aug. 27, 2021, FNS approved Tennessee'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 Benton, Dickson, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys and Perry. This waiver approval allows SNAP households to purchase hot foods with SNAP benefits through Sept. 21, 2021, to replace food lost as a result of severe storms that began on Aug. 21, 2021. FNS will notify 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.

 

Incident: Tennessee Storms

Began April 12, 2020

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • On May 3, 2020, FNS has approved Tennessee’s request to operate D-SNAP in specific zip codes in Bradley and Hamilton counties in response to the impact of severe weather and tornadoes that occurred on April 12, 2020. The state agency will start the application period no earlier than Wednesday, May 6, 2020, and operate no more than seven non-consecutive days.
  • On April 24, 2020, FNS approved the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) request to waive timely reporting of food loss as a result of tornadoes, severe weather and power outages that began on April 12, 2020. The waiver allows affected households to request replacement SNAP benefits through May 4, 2020.

 

Incident: Tennessee Severe Storms

Began March 25, 2021

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • On Aug. 12, 2021, FNS approved Tennessee’s request to operate D-SNAP in identified zip codes in three counties in response to severe storms which began on March 25, 2021. The state agency will begin the application period on Aug. 16-20, 2021.

 

Incident: Tennessee Tornadoes

Began March 3, 2020

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

For more information about D-SNAP, including dates and locations, please visit the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) website at https://www.tn.gov/humanservices.html

  • On March 15, 2020, FNS approved Tennessee’s request to conduct telephonic interviews for D-SNAP operations in Davidson (only in zip codes: 37209, 37208, 37218, 37243, 37213, 37207, 37206, 37214, 37076), Putnam and Wilson counties in response to severe weather and tornadoes on March 3, 2020. The state agency can now conduct telephonic interviews for the remainder of the D-SNAP in operation through March 24, 2020.
  • On March 13, 2020, FNS approved Tennessee’s request to waive timely reporting of food loss for households in the counties of Davidson, Putnam, and Wilson. This waiver approval will allow households in the affected counties to make a request for replacement of SNAP benefits through March 24, 2020. These replacement SNAP benefits will allow households to replace food lost as a result of tornados and severe weather.
  • On March 13, 2020, FNS also approved Tennessee’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; also for the counties of Davidson, Putnam, and Wilson. This waiver approval will allow SNAP households to purchase hot foods with SNAP benefits in those counties through April 3, 2020.
  • On March 12, 2020, FNS approved Tennessee’s request to operate D-SNAP in 3 counties; Davidson (certain zip codes), Putnam and Wilson Counties. The D-SNAP waiver operating dates are March 13, March 16-20, and March 23, 2020. The hours of operation are 8:00 am – 4:30 pm with no weekend or holiday hours, but Tennessee’s DHS will assess the need for additional hours or operating on a weekend to ensure working families have access to D-SNAP without significant interruption to their work schedule.
02/11/2022