​Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)

The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) offers short-term food assistance to people who may not normally qualify for SNAP. D-SNAP is available to assist residents of counties that have been designated for Disaster Assistance.

D-SNAP helps people who have disaster-related expenses such as lost income, lost or damaged property, or lost food due to power outages. D-SNAP benefits are issued within three days using an EBT card that can be used to purchase food. The amount of money that is put on the card will depend on the number of people in the household.

People who were already receiving SNAP before a natural disaster:

  • Will automatically receive a "supplemental" benefit if they were not already receiving the maximum amount of benefits

  • Will be allowed to purchase certain hot food with their EBT cards; and,

  • Can apply for Replacement SNAP Benefits if they lost food because of the hurricane.

Children identified as homeless by a school or emergency shelter official may be eligible for free meals, regardless of income.

To complete your application for D-SNAP you will need to provide:

  • Identification: Photo ID or any other document that verifies your identity

  • Proof of Residency

  • Social Security number (if available) and date of birth for each household member (do not need Social Security cards, just the number);

  • Amount of take home pay for each household member

To show proof of residence when your home and/or personal belongings have been damaged or destroyed you may provide:

  • Utility bills (You should contact the local utility provider for a copy of your bill or a statement showing your address)

  • A letter from your landlord confirming your address

  • A letter or loan statement from your mortgage company

  • A property tax bill (Property records are available online and accessible at anytime)

  • School Enrollment Records

To apply for emergency food assistance:

Households eligible for D-SNAP will receive a one-time benefit on a special debit card (called an EBT card) to help buy food. The exact amount will depend on household size, but a family of one would receive $192, a family of four would receive $642, and larger families would receive more.

Immigrants can apply for D-SNAP with any immigration status or no status at all.