In times of a disaster, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will approve state to operate D-SNAP, which stands for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. DSNAP provides food assistance to low-income households with food loss or damage caused by a natural disaster.
If you are approved for DSNAP, you will receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer card (EBT) to access the funds. This card can be used like a debit/credit card at your grocer.
DSNAP is only available during times of disaster for a specific time period. There are different standards for DSNAP than normal SNAP. You may qualify for DSNAP if you do not normally qualify for SNAP. You may qualify if you had a disaster-related expense below:
- Home or business repairs
- Temporary shelter expenses
- Evacuation or relocation expenses
- Home or business protection
- Disaster-related personal injury, including funeral expenses
- Lost or no access to income due to the disaster, including reduced, terminated or delayed receipt of income, for a large part of the benefit period
- Food loss after a disaster such as flooding or power outages
If you are a current SNAP client, you can request a supplement if you meet the following conditions:
- You currently get benefits that are less than the monthly maximum (varies by state, income, etc)
- You have losses from the disaster
Current SNAP clients may also request replacement benefits for food that was lost in the disaster.
For more Florida specific information on DSNAP, contact the Florida FNS hotline at 1-866-762-2237. Stay up to date on all DSNAP information online through the Florida Department of Children and Families.