Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

JUNE FLOODING ; Food Assistance Available through Sunday

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

JUNE FLOODING ; Food Assistance Available through Sunday

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Residents in 12 West Virginia counties affected by last month's severe flooding can apply for disaster assistance to purchase food through Sunday, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The DHHR has been allocated federal funding for its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to provide Disaster SNAP benefits to citizens who can demonstrate that they lost food during the flood, according to Nancy Exline, commissioner of the Bureau for Children and Families. Applicants may have lost their homes in the flood, experienced damage to their homes, been displaced or lost electricity for a prolonged period, she said.

"This allows those not currently receiving benefits through our SNAP program to come to their local office and apply for a SNAP benefit, Exline said. "We will be looking at their net income, their expenses during the flood, whether they lost income and evaluating that.

Residents of Kanawha, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers and Webster counties qualify for the program, and applicants do not need to qualify for regular SNAP benefits to receive D-SNAP. Those who qualify for assistance will receive an EBT card the day they apply, Exline said, and will have the full amount they qualify for loaded onto the card the following morning.

"When you walk out of [an office], you're going to know whether you're eligible and you're going to have a card, if so, she said. "These benefits are only going to be available to apply for [through Sunday], and our local offices will have extended hours in those 12 counties.

Those who qualify for assistance will receive benefits based on their income, Exline said - a person who earns $1,640 a month in take-home pay will receive $194, and a family of four with an income of $2,694 a month will receive up to $649 in benefits.

Local DHHR offices in the 12 counties will be open today, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Clendenin Health Center in Kanawha County and the Rainelle Medical Center in Greenbrier County will also be accepting applicants for the program, Exline said. …

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