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Residents of the state of Georgia that have been impacted by natural disasters, including Hurricanes, may qualify for disaster food stamps. In this article, we will explain how the Georgia Disaster Food Stamps Program works (Georgia D-SNAP).
We will also talk about the eligibility requirements for Georgia D-SNAP, how to apply for assistance and where to apply.
If you have been negatively impacted by a natural disaster in Georgia and need food assistance or want to know how to replace the food you have lost from your current food stamps benefits due to a disaster, continue reading.
Disaster Food Stamps in Georgia
There is a strict process for disaster food stamps outlined by FEMA and the United States Department of Agriculture that must be followed anytime there is a natural disaster in a state and there is a need for food assistance.
We have outlined the three-step process that must be followed in order to get disaster food stamps in Georgia.
The first step is to find out if your state has received a Presidential disaster declaration of individual assistance (IA) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is the first step that has to happen before there is any plan by the state regarding disaster food stamps.
Once the President makes the disaster declaration, it gives official federal approval for emergency food assistance in disaster areas. To find out if FEMA has announced a Major Disaster Declaration for your state, click here.
When you go to the FEMA website, you should look for a declaration like the one below for was announced for Hurricane Irma in September 2017
Georgia Hurricane Irma (DR-4338)
Incident period: September 07, 2017 to September 20, 2017
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 15, 2017
Once the declaration comes with the words “Major Disaster Declaration”, then the state is now able to provide disaster assistance if they choose to, including:
Disaster Food Stamps or D-SNAP
Individuals and Households Program
Crisis Counseling Program
Disaster Case Management
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Disaster Legal Services
If your state has received approval to operate the D-SNAP program in the affected disaster area, information about the program is typically sent out to media outlets, inluding local TV, Radio Stations and newspapers.
This media announcement will provide more information about program eligibility guidelines and application process. It will also list all the places in the disaster area where you can apply for D-SNAP in person. Check your local newspapers websites, TV Station websites and other local media for a list of sites where you can apply for disaster food stamps.
The application process is simplified for D-SNAP and benefits are issued to eligible applicants within 72 hours.
Apply for Disaster Food Stamp in Georgia
If you live in Georgia, click here to for more information on how to apply for Disaster Food Stamps
Step 1 – Make sure You are Eligible
Just like the regular food stamps program (SNAP), you have to meet eligibility requirements to be approved for the program. The good news is that once you are approved, you can get access to your benefits quickly.
The most important eligibility criteria is the income limit. We have provided the income limit table below. Note that it is based on household size. The larger your household, the larger the income limit you have to meet to qualify.
You are allowed to deduct certain non-reimbursable disaster-related spending such as medical bills, evacuation costs, and storage fees from your gross income in order to arrive at your net income. Note that the Net Income Limit is the maximum monthly income for a family after all deductions.
Step 2 – Apply for D-SNAP in Georgia
You can only apply for the D-SNAP in-person. Contact the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to learn about locations in your area where you can apply for D-SNAP in person. Usually, this information is also provided to local media outlets – like TV and Radio Stations and Local Newspapers to share with the public.
Individuals and families applying for D-SNAP must bring proof of identity, such as a driver’s license or another form of identification issued by the government to a designated D-SNAP location to apply for the program.
The application process is simplified for D-SNAP and benefits are issued to eligible applicants within 72 hours. You can contact the DFCS by calling 1-800-436-7442. You can also call your local DFCS office by visiting this website and clicking on your county for more information.
If you have any questions about D-SNAP or how to get disaster food assistance, tell us in the comments section below.
Replacement Food Stamps for Georgia
If you are already on food stamps in Georgia and have been affected by a major disaster and have lost food you purchased with your Georgia EBT card, you may qualify for replacement food stamps.
This includes those who have lost food due to ice storm, fire, flood, tornado or other household misfortune. In addition, those who have lost food due to power outages of 4 hours or more may receive replacement benefits within 10 days after the report of a loss.
How to Get Georgia Replacement Food Stamps
There are strict requirements you have to follow in order to get a replacement for food that you purchased with your EBT card but lost due to a natural disaster.
First, you are required to report the loss of food to the local DFCS office and complete an affidavit of Food Loss Replacement Form (Form 841) verifying the amount of loss. You have 10 days after the loss to submit that form.
Second, If your loss is due to a power outage, the DFCS will gather power outage information directly from the utility companies. This is then used to validate requests that are made for replacement food stamps due to a power outage.
For other natural disasters, if there is widespread damage, the DFCS will request a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture to eliminate the need for individuals to provide verification of power outages, and will then make every effort to communicate directly with local utility companies to obtain the necessary verification of mass outages.
For more information on what you need to do to get an approval for replacement food stamps in Georgia or if you need information about whether you need to report food loss or complete form 841, visit the DFCS website for more information.