Posted Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Food assistance in now available for storm-impacted Morris County families
through the disaster-related Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

This onetime food benefit is available to eligible residents who experienced extreme material losses during Hurricane Irene or subsequent flooding.

In Morris County, the Office of Temporary Assistance will be processing applications Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at its office at 340 West Hanover Ave., in Morris Township, until Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Individuals and families currently not receiving SNAP benefits and whose storm-related expenses include damages beyond the loss of food due to power outages may be eligible.

Individuals and families in disaster-declared areas and who are already enrolled with SNAP will automatically receive a onetime supplemental benefit based upon a federal determination of areas that lost power for over four consecutive hours, and do not need to call or visit the OTA office.

The D-SNAP application process eases requirements around documents necessary to apply and weighs disaster-related costs with available liquid resources when considering eligibility. Benefits are electronically applied to a card similar to a debit/credit card for the purchase of certain food items.

•Client’s who are currently receiving Food Stamp benefits are not eligible for DSNAP benefits.

•Income calculations will be done to determine eligibility for the DSNAP program.

Calculations will be based on the following:
Total net income received during the hurricane period (8/25/11-9/27/11) plus total available liquid resources (cash on hand, checking and savings account) minus any expenses incurred due to the hurricane (there will be limit to the standard

The total calculated must be under the following amount:
Household Size Income Amount
1 $1,503
2 $1,815
3 $2,126
4 $2,449
5 $2,787
6 $3,124
Each additional member $312

•Eligible individuals will receive a standard allotment amount for the household size regardless of when the application is completed.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance at 973-326-7240.