USDA Approves D-Snap for OK Disaster Area

Residents in Oklahoma counties hit by tornadoes receive nutrition assistance.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its approval for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) to help low-income residents in five Oklahoma counties—McClain, Pottawatomie, Lincoln, Cleveland, and Oklahoma—affected by recent tornadoes and severe storms. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated that approximately 900 families that may not usually be eligible under ordinary Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) requirements may qualify for D-SNAP provided they meet certain standards along with the disaster income limits and have qualifying disaster-related costs.

“D-SNAP approval is vital to helping Oklahomans recover from the impact of recent tornadoes and severe storms by ensuring food supplies,” Secretary Vilsack said.

The USDA secretary also stated that even if current SNAP households in these identified areas are not eligible for D-SNAP, “They may request supplemental SNAP benefits to raise their allotment to the maximum amount for their household size for one month,” if they are currently not receiving that amount. The waiver remains in effect through May 19, 2023.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Vilsack as he evaluates the need for nutrition assistance in disaster areas.
  • For USDA officials as they provide assistance amid disaster recovery efforts.
  • For residents who are displaced and experiencing food insecurity.

Sources: Department of Agriculture


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