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Residents of 16 Counties Affected by Storms Can Get Food Benefits; Households may be eligible for replacement assistance or one-time aid; Additional counties may be added

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 15, 2012  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3104; or Jill Midkiff, (502) 564-7042, ext. 3429  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 14, 2012) – Kentuckians living and working in areas affected by recent tornadoes and severe weather may apply for federal disaster food benefits March 16 through March 23.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), is providing resources to purchase food for residents of 16 counties that are part of a federal disaster declaration from the March 2 storms. People who work in these counties and have lost income may also apply.

SNAP is formerly known as food stamps. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department of Community Based Services administers the program in all 120 Kentucky counties.

Sixteen counties eligible for federal disaster food benefits are Bath, Campbell, Carroll, Grant, Johnson, Kenton, Laurel, Lawrence, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Pendleton, Rowan and Wolfe.

Additional counties may be added to the disaster benefits listing.

DCBS Acting Commissioner Teresa James said that the SNAP assistance will help Kentuckians coping with loss.

“Thousands of families have been affected by this severe weather, and we want to ensure that every SNAP customer who lost groceries can replace those items with healthy food as they recover from the storms,” James said.

Current food benefits customers
Households in the affected counties that are currently receiving SNAP and report a loss of food or incur other losses because of the storms may receive additional food benefits. Household members should contact their local DCBS offices, which are listed below.

One-time disaster food benefits
Residents who live or work in the affected counties and do not currently participate in the regular SNAP program or are not eligible for food benefits under the normal SNAP eligibility guidelines may apply for temporary help with food costs. To be eligible, the household must have:
• Experienced damage to or destruction of their home or self-owned business;
• Disaster-related expenses not expected to be reimbursed in March;
• A reduction, termination or delay in receiving income; or
• No access to liquid financial assets, such as checking or savings accounts. 
The household’s income and accessible resources will be counted in determining eligibility for the food benefits. These are one-time benefits based on the household’s size.

Hot foods waiver
SNAP and disaster SNAP benefits can be used to purchase prepared or hot foods only during the month of March in the 16 affected counties. The food retailer must be certified by FNS to accept SNAP and disaster SNAP electronic benefits cards for the purchase of food items. Normally, food benefits may not be used for hot foods prepared by a retailer.

How to apply
Applicants must bring proper personal identification and verification of residency. It is also recommended, if possible, that applicants bring proof of Social Security numbers for all household members; take-home pay; accessible resources like savings and checking accounts and cash on hand; and statements to verify disaster-related expenses.

The DCBS offices in these counties will accept applications Friday, March 16, through Friday, March 23. Regular office hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Offices in the affected counties will also be open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, to accept disaster SNAP applications.
Residents should contact their local office for more information.
Families who have lost income and live or work in the disaster counties can apply in the following locations:

Bath County: 47 Cedar Creek, P.O. Box 7, Owingsville, Ky. 40360. Phone: (606) 674-6344
Campbell County: Watertower Square, Fourth Floor, 601 Washington Ave. Newport, Ky. 41071.
Phone: (859) 292-6700
Carroll County: 1720 Highland Ave., P.O. Box 368, Carrollton, Ky. 41008. Phone: (502) 732-4271
Grant County: 120 N. Main St. Williamstown, Ky. 41097. Phone: (859) 824-5202
Johnson County: 205 Main St., Suite 1, Paintsville, Ky. 41240. Phone: (606) 788-7118
Kenton County: 20 E. Seventh St., 3rd Floor, Covington, Ky. 41011. Phone: (859) 292-6600
Laurel County: 31 South Laurel Road, London, Ky. 40744. Phone: (606) 330-2025
Lawrence County: 180 Bulldog Lane, Suite 1, Louisa, Ky. 41230. Phone: (606) 638-4526
Magoffin County: 125 S. Church St., Salyersville, Ky. 41465. Phone: (606) 349-6131
Martin County: 104 E. Main St., Suite 200, P.O. Box 408, Inez, Ky. 41224. Phone: (606) 298-3577
Menifee County: 784A Hwy. 36, P.O. Box 50, Frenchburg, Ky. 40322. Phone: (606) 768-2118
Montgomery County: 108 E. Locust St., P.O. Box 219, Mount Sterling, Ky. 40353. Phone: (859) 498-5398
Morgan County: 87 Redwine Road (Former Wrigley Elementary), West Liberty, Ky. 41472. Phone: (606) 495-8588 or (606) 495-8590.
Pendleton County: 500 Market St., Falmouth, Ky. 41040. Phone: (859) 654-6123
Rowan County: 511 Hecks Plaza Dr., P.O. Box 886, Morehead, Ky. 40351. Phone: (606) 783-8535
Wolfe County: 330 Main St., Campton, Ky. 41301. Phone: (606) 668-3175

Penalties for fraud
It is illegal to sell, trade or give away SNAP and disaster SNAP electronic benefits cards. Households that deliberately withhold or misrepresent information and receive benefits for which they are not entitled will be required to pay them back. Households who commit fraud may be disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits, fined up to $250,000, and/or incarcerated.

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Last Updated 3/15/2012