• The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) gives food assistance to low-income households with food loss or damage caused by a natural disaster.
• Before operating D-SNAP in a disaster area, a state must receive an Individual Assistance declaration from the president. The state must then request and receive approval from USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to operate a D-SNAP.
• Once approved for D-SNAP benefits, applicants will get an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The card may be used like a debit card to buy allowable food at local FNS-authorized retail stores.
Because of the unique needs of disaster survivors, D-SNAP uses different standards than normal SNAP. Even if you would not normally qualify for SNAP, you may qualify for D-SNAP if you had one of the disaster-related expenses below:
• Temporary shelter expenses.
• Evacuation or relocation expenses.
• Disaster-related personal injury, including funeral expenses
• Lost or no access to income due to the disaster; includes reduced, terminated, or delayed receipt of income, for a large part of the benefit period.
In some cases, food loss after a disaster like flooding or power outages.
• Once USDA approves Mississippi for D-SNAP, residents will be notified via media and social media.