USDA lends a helping hand to the latest in rural America impacted by weather disasters

The Department of Agriculture is lending a helping hand to the latest in rural America impacted by disastrous weather.

Low income residents in seven California counties that were hit by flooding and mudslides are now eligible for the USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. This helps four thousand extra households that may not have usually be eligible for SNAP.

Secretary Vilsack says, “As California residents recover from the severe storms and its aftermath, this approval of D-SNAP is vital in ensuring they get the food they need.”

D-SNAP is also available for six Mississippi counties that were hit by the recent tornadoes and straight line winds last month. This helps 29,000 extra households who would not usually be eligible for SNAP.

Ag Secretary Vilsack says, “D-SNAP provides vital essential food assistance to Mississippi residents struggling with the aftermath of severe storms and tornadoes. USDA recognizes that the crisis doesn’t end when the wind dies down. For many families in these stricken areas, it’s just beginning.”

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