Low-income Sandy victims eligible for one-time food stamp benefit
Low-income residents affected by Hurricane Sandy may now apply for a one-time food-stamp benefit if they spent more than $100 on disaster-related expenses, not including replacing food lost due to power outages.
Residents in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties, as well as certain Cumberland County ZIP codes, are eligible for the D-SNAP program, which has changed significantly since it was used following Tropical Storm Irene last year.
Current recipients in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program are not eligible to apply because they have already received additional benefits on their cards and will receive a second benefit Dec. 7.
Under the program, applicants must provide identification and proof of residency, pay stubs or bank statements showing they fit the financial guidelines and receipts that prove their disaster-related expenses for the period Oct. 28 to Nov. 26.. Expenses can include motel bills for temporary shelter, repair bills, evacuation expenses, clean-up costs, repairs, additional gas for generators and replacement of items damaged from the storm. The cost of replacing food cannot be included, but restaurant expenses are permitted.
The income limit for single households is $2,268 between Oct. 28 and Nov. 26, for a two-person family the income limit is $2,965, for a three-person family the limit is $3,416, and for a family of four the limit is $4,034.
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