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Disaster Assistance

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 eat.

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 (D-SNAP).


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FNS Disaster Assistance Programs

FNS Disaster Assistance Programs
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Last updated: 10/04/2012

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Apply for D-SNAP
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