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USDA Provides Additional Food Disaster Assistance in Three California Counties Hit by Wildfires

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that households in three California counties have been approved to receive Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits. D-SNAP will be offered in parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to the impact of the Woolsey and Hill wildfires, and Butte County in northern California due to the Camp Fire. Households in the affected areas may be eligible if they have qualifying disaster-related expenses and meet D-SNAP income limits.

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USDA Provides Hurricane Michael Victims Needed Relief and Recovery Aid

To help residents, farmers and ranchers affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to aid people in their recovery efforts. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices are actively responding, providing emergency response staffing and a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers, and impacted communities at large.

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USDA Provides 20 Hurricane-Damaged Georgia Counties with Additional Food Assistance

As part of the continuing effort to provide relief from the effects of Hurricane Michael, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that households in 20 Georgia counties that may not normally be eligible for nutrition assistance under regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rules may temporarily qualify for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits. Households may be eligible if they have qualifying disaster-related expenses and meet D-SNAP income limits.

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USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for North Carolina Disaster Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that residents of three additional North Carolina counties -- Chatham, Durham, and Gilford – will be eligible for disaster food benefits through USDA’s Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP). President Trump extended the disaster declaration for these three counties as part of ongoing federal efforts to support Americans impacted by Hurricane Florence in September.

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USDA Provides 12 Hurricane-Hit Florida Counties with Additional SNAP Food Options

As part of a continuing effort to provide relief from the effects of Hurricane Michael, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that households in 12 Florida counties that may not normally be eligible for nutrition assistance under regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rules may temporarily qualify for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits. Households may be eligible if they have qualifying disaster-related expenses and meet D-SNAP income limits.

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Hot Foods Purchases Approved for SNAP Recipients in 23 Georgia Counties

To provide relief from the impacts of Hurricane Michael, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will allow participants in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in 23 Georgia counties to buy hot foods with their benefits through Nov. 17, 2018.

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USDA Announces Replacement SNAP Benefits in 12 Hurricane-Impacted Florida Counties

Households impacted by Hurricane Michael in 12 Florida counties could be eligible for mass replacement of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced. This is one of several steps USDA is taking to ensure Floridians in need have the means to purchase food.

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USDA Awards Cooperative Agreement to Enhance WIC Services

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) today announced a $2-million cooperative agreement with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to conduct an in-depth, practicable evaluation of local agencies’ strategies to improve services provided by the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

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USDA Provides Hurricane Florence Victims Needed Relief and Recovery Aid

As Hurricane Florence approached, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to use all available authorities to ensure the security and safety of those in the path of the storm, and to aid victims in their recovery efforts. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices are actively responding, providing emergency response staffing and a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers, and impacted communities at large.

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USDA Approves North Carolina WIC Flexibilities in Wake of Hurricane Florence

The state of North Carolina will be able to better serve participants through the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in the wake of Hurricane Florence, thanks to operational flexibilities approved for their use by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The State will be able to issue benefits remotely and waive some nutrition education requirements in places where offices are closed, as well as replace September food benefits that were damaged or lost during the hurricane.

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USDA Eases Program Rules for South Carolina SNAP Participants Impacted by Florence

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today granted flexibility to allow South Carolina residents to replace food purchased with SNAP benefits that was lost due to power outages and flooding caused by Hurricane Florence. Over 185,000 impacted households in 26 counties now have until Oct. 15, 2018 to report food loss to the state and request replacement benefits.

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Nominations now open for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

In coordination with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the public call for nominations to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). The independent advisory committee will review the scientific evidence to help inform the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Secretaries Perdue and Azar will consider the scientific review as they oversee development of, and approve, the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The deadline to submit nominations for the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is October 6, 2018, at 11:59 pm, Eastern Time.

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