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Florida's hurricane recovery gets USDA nutrition boost

Hurricane Idalia's fury has prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to launch the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) for 11 Florida counties. This specialized aid offers a lifeline for those whose lives were upended by the hurricane, ensuring they have enough food supplies. 

The D-SNAP initiative encompasses more households than the regular SNAP. As stated by Tom Vilsack, D-SNAP could be a beacon for nearly 233,000 households that fall outside regular SNAP guidelines but were affected by the hurricane. 

From September 22 to October 14, 2023, Florida will be opening its doors for D-SNAP applications. Those qualifying will receive a month's benefits, mirroring the highest SNAP amount permissible for their household size. This assistance can be utilized at SNAP-sanctioned stores or certain online outlets. 

In addition, existing SNAP participants in the designated counties will be given additional benefits, ensuring they get their household's maximum entitlement. 

The USDA's supportive measures for Florida span more than just D-SNAP. They have also sanctioned multiple waivers to allow more flexible food purchases and to counterbalance food lost because of power disruptions.

Source : wisconsinagconnection

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