Nothing is more important than providing
food when people find themselves suddenly, and often critically, in
need following a storm, earthquake, flood or
other disaster emergency. USDA makes sure that people have enough to
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) coordinates with
State, local and voluntary organizations to:
Provide food for shelters and
other mass feeding sites.
Distribute food packages directly to
households in need in limited situations.
Issue emergency SNAP benefits.
As part of the National Response Framework, FNS
supplies food to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross and
the Salvation Army for mass feeding or household distribution. State
agencies notify USDA of the types and quantities of food that relief
organizations need for emergency feeding operations. FNS also authorizes
States to operate a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program