Disasters are especially challenging to handle in the midst of COVID-19. Luckily, Federal Nutrition Programs already have resources in place to address the unique needs of this time. Explore below to learn more about specific state guidance for current disasters and disaster response options from the Federal Nutrition Programs.

Current Disaster Relief

  • Hurricane Nicholas
  • Hurricane Ida

    For the latest Hurricane Ida updates, check out FRAC’s Hurricane Ida Resource Center: FRAC.org/Ida

  • General Guidance
  • Alabama

    On June 24, 2021, USDA approved an extension of time for Alabama SNAP households in eight counties hard hit by Tropical Storm Claudette to seek replacement benefits.

    In the wake of last fall’s Hurricane Zeta, on January 4, USDA approved Alabama’s request to operate D-SNAP in 7 counties.

    A new online portal allows Alabama households hard but by Hurricane Sally to preregister for federal D-SNAP benefits.

    On September 30, USDA authorized Alabama to operate D-SNAP in three counties (Baldwin, Escambia, and Mobile) that were hard hit by Hurricane Sally. D-SNAP will be conducted in two counties from October 5 through October 9, and in Mobile County for five week days starting on October 13.

    On September 30, USDA announced the approval of D-SNAP for disaster areas affected by Hurricane Sally.

    On September 24, USDA approved Alabama’s request to issue automatic mass partial SNAP replacement benefits to SNAP households in three counties hard hit by Hurricane Sally.

  • California

    On October 8, 2021, USDA approved California’s request to operate Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) in six counties impacted by ongoing wildfires (Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Tehama and Trinity).

    On September 29, 2021, in the wake of wildfires and power outages, approved extra time for SNAP households in Shasta County to seek replacement benefits; it also allowed SNAP households in 9 counties to purchase hot prepared foods with SNAP benefits.
    On September 20, 2021, USDA approved extra time to seek replacement benefits for SNAP households in 83 zip code areas of 27 California counties impacted by power outages.
    On September 8, 2021, USDA approved use of SNAP benefits to purchase hot prepared foods in 13 California counties hard hit by wildfires.
    On September 5 and 3, 2021, respectively, USDA approved extensions of time for SNAP households in Kern County and San Bernadino County to seek replacement benefits in the wake of recent wildfires.
    On August 30, 2021, in the wake of the Westward Fire and power outages, USDA extended the time for SNAP households in Riverside County, California to seek replacement benefits.
    On August 24, 2021, USDA extended the time for SNAP households in California’s El Dorado county to seek replacement benefits as a result of the Caldor Fire.
    On August 23, 2021, as a result of the McFarland and Monument fires in California, USDA extended the time for SNAP households in Trinity and Shasta counties to seek replacement benefits.
    In the wake of the Glen Fire, on August 16, 2021, USDA approved an extension of time for households in Yuba County, California to seek replacement benefits.

    In the wake of wildfires and power outages, USDA has extended the time for California SNAP households in Siskiyou, Nevada and Placer counties to seek replacement benefits.

    On July 29, 2021, in the wake of the Tamarack Fire and power outages, USDA extended the time for SNAP households in Mono County to seek replacement SNAP benefits and June emergency allotments issued in July.
    On July 26, 2021, USDA extended the time for SNAP households in Lassen County to seek replacement benefits in the wake of power outages caused by wildfire.
    On July 22, 2021, USDA extended time for SNAP households in Alpine County to seek replacement benefits, given the impact of recent power outages.

    On July 22, 2021 USDA extended the time for Alpine County, California SNAP households to seek replacement benefits for food list as a result of recent power outages.

    In the wake of the River Fire, on July 21, 2021 USDA extended the time for SNAP households in Mariposa County, California to seek replacement benefits.

    On July 15, 2021, in the wake of the Broiler Fire, USDA granted an extension of time for SNAP households in Mendocino County, California to seek replacement benefits.

    On July 12, 2021, in the wake of wildfires, USDA extended the time for SNAP households in Shasta County California to seek replacement SNAP benefits for their regular monthly and emergency allotments.

    On July 7, 2021, USDA approved an extension of time for SNAP households in Siskiyou County to seek replacement benefits for food lost as a result of a recent wildfire.

    On April 6, USDA approved an extension through April 30 the time for California SNAP households impacted by Mono Wind power outages to seek replacement of SNAP benefits.

    On January 18, USDA approved California’s request for an extension of time for SNAP households impacted the Mono Wind event to seek SNAP replacement benefits.

    On November 25, in the wake of wildfires, USDA approved California’s request for an extension of time for SNAP households in Mono County to seek replacement benefits.

    On November 16, USDA approved California’s request to issue automatic mass SNAP replacement benefits hard hit by October 14 power outages.

    On October 26, USDA approved a temporary waiver to allow CalFresh (SNAP) benefits to purchase hot prepared foods in 25 counties impacted by wildfires.

    Preregistration for Disaster CalFresh (D-Calfresh) opens October 7. Outreach materials are available in English and Spanish.

    On October 6, USDA approved California’s request to issue automatic mass partial replacement benefits to CalFresh households in 16 zip codes in 10 counties hard hit by wildfires and power outage; USDA also extended to October 26, 2020, the time for CalFresh households to seek replacement benefits due to food loss.

    On September 29, USDA approved California’s request to operate Disaster CalFresh in nine counties impacted by wildfires and, in light of COVID-19, to do so using several “novel procedures” to supplement onsite application intake with remote methods. Specifically, prior to the application period, California will operate a pre-registration by phone, and then during the application period, the state will conduct interviews by telephone using a “call out” model. This is distinguished from the “call in” model used in states (Florida and Louisiana) that have online D-SNAP preregistration systems. Application periods for Disaster CalFresh will run weekdays from October 14 through 22 in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo counties and weekdays from October 21 through October 29 in Butte County.

    On September 29 USDA approved D-SNAP for residents in California counties hard hit by wildfires.

    On September 24 USDA approved California’s request to allow SNAP participants in six counties impacted by wildfires to purchase hot prepared foods with their SNAP benefits.

    On Sept. 21 2020, USDA approved California’s request to issue mass SNAP benefit replacements to households in 83 zip codes impacted by wildfires and power outages.

    On Sept. 3, 2020, FNS approved California’s request to issue SNAP mass replacements to impacted households. This waiver approval allows households to receive replacement of 50 percent of August benefits for 23 zip codes in 12 counties as a result of wildfires and power outages.

    Replacing SNAP (CalFresh) benefits and Hot Prepared Food waivers (Wildfires)

  • Connecticut
  • Florida
    On September 29, USDA approved Florida’s request to issue automatic mass partial SNAP replacement benefits to SNAP households in two counties (Escambia and Santa Rosa) that were hit hard by Hurricane Sally.
  • Iowa
    In the wake of severe storms last August, on January 5, USDA approved Iowa’s request to expand D-SNAP to Clinton county and be operational from January 25 through January 29.

    USDA has approved D-SNAP for 10 additional counties hit hard by the recent Derecho and the application process will roll there in waves during the weeks of September 15 and 22. One county had already gotten D-SNAP approval in August.

    D-SNAP (Derecho)

    Replacing SNAP benefits and Hot Prepared Food waivers (Derecho)

  • Kentucky

    On June 17, 2021, USDA approved Kentucky’s request to expand D-SNAP operations from 9 to 31 counties hard hit by late winter heavy rains, flooding, landslides and mudslides.
    On June 11, 2021, USDA approved Kentucky’s request to extend through June 16 Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) for residents in 9 counties hard hit by storms in February and March: Breathitt, Clay, Estill, Floyd, Johnson, Lee, Magoffin, Martin, and Powell.
    On June 4, USDA approved Kentucky’s request to operate Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) in 9 counties hard hit by storms in February and March: Breathitt, Clay, Estill, Floyd, Johnson, Lee, Magoffin, Martin, and Powell.
    In the wake of winter storms and outrages in February, USDA has approved an extension to time through March 8 for Kentucky SNAP households to request replacement SNAP benefits.

  • Louisiana

    On September 1, 2021, USDA approved Louisiana’s use of TEFAP foods for a disaster household distribution program to serve 800,000 individuals in 20 parishes hard hit by Hurricane Ida through September 30 or until Disaster SNAP is implemented.

    On June 17, 2021, USDA approved Louisiana’s request to operate D-SNAP in approved zip codes in five parishes hard hit by recent storms and flooding.

    On March 27, FNS approved Louisiana’s request to operate D-SNAP in 23 parishes impacted by a serious winter storm in February. The first of a two-phase application period will open on April 5. The Louisiana Department of Families and Children has posted details on the schedule for residents of 23 parishes hard hit by winter storms to apply for D-SNAP.

    On March 17, FNS extended through March 31 time for SNAP households in two Louisiana parishes hard hit by recent storms to request replacement benefits.

    In addition to its earlier authorization for Louisiana to issue partial mass replacement benefits to SNAP household in 3 parishes, USDA has extended the time for all Louisiana SNAP households to request replacement benefits in the wake of winter storm and power outages.

    On February 23, USDA approved partial SNAP replacement benefits for participants in three parishes hit hard by winter storms and power outages.

    On January 26, USDA authorized Louisiana to operate Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) in 6 parishes hard hit by Hurricane Zeta last fall. The application period opens on February 1.

    On January 14, USDA approved Louisiana’s request to expand D-SNAP to more parishes had hit by Hurricane Delta in fall 2020.

    In the wake of Hurricane Zeta, Louisiana and the City of New Orleans are conducting damage assessments and prepare to request authority to operate Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) for which residents can preregister now.

    On November 2, USDA approved Louisiana’s request to issue automatic mass SNAP replacement benefits to SNAP participants hard hit by Hurricane Zeta.

    On October 22, USDA approved Louisiana’s request to operate Disaster SNAP for residents in five parishes hard hit by Hurricane Delta.

    On October 21, FNS approved Louisiana’s request to issue automatic mass SNAP benefit replacements to SNAP households hard hit by Hurricane Delta.

    On October 11, USDA approved Louisiana’s amended request to operate a Disaster Household Distribution (DHD) program in parishes hard hit by Hurricane Delta.

    On September 30, in the wake of Hurricane Laura, USDA extended the hot prepared foods waiver through October 31 for Louisiana SNAP households.

    On September 11 USDA approved another 2 parishes for Disaster SNAP (D-DNAP) aid to households hard hit by Hurricane Laura, bringing to 18 the total number of parishes in which D-SNAP will be offered.

    USDA approves automatic mass replacement benefits for SNAP households hard hit by Laura and D-SNAP for others

    Schedule and instructions for Hurricane Laura households to apply for D-SNAP in Louisiana.

    In the wake of Hurricane Laura USDA has authorize Louisiana to operate Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) “for 16 parishes in two phases – one beginning this week and the other next week. Operations will be entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Louisiana will share information about D-SNAP application dates and locations through local media.”

    Louisiana SNAP benefits for September were issued early and also can be used to purchase hot prepared foods as Hurricane Laura recovery efforts continue. Louisiana is preparing a request for authority to get Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) benefits to residents not already participating in SNAP and is already accepting pre registrations for D-SNAP.

  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan

    On August 20, 2021, in the wake of severe storms and power outages, USDA extended the time for SNAP households in Wayne, Washtenaw and Oakland counties to seek replacement benefits.
    On August 6, 2021, USDA approved Michigan’s request to operate Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) for Washtenaw and Wayne counties that had been hard hit by heavy rains, flooding, and power outages in June.

    In the wake of heavy storms, on July 9, 2021, USDA approved an extension of time for Wayne County, Michigan SNAP households to seek replacement benefits.

  • Mississippi
    On November 5, USDA  approved Mississippi’s request to extend the time for SNAP households in 13 counties hit hard by Hurricane Zeta to seek replacement SNAP benefits.
  • New Jersey

    In the wake of Hurricane Ida USDA has approved extra time for SNAP households in Warren County, New Jersey to seek replacement benefits and to use SNAP benefit to purchase hot prepared foods.

  • North Carolina

    On September 29, 2021, USDA approved North Carolina’s request to operate Disaster SNAP in 3 counties that had flooding and power outages caused by Tropical Storm Fred.
    On September 16, 2021, USDA approved SNAP households in 3 North Carolina counties hard hit by Tropical Cyclone Fred to make hot prepared food purchases.
    On September 15, 2021, USDA approved a further extension of time for SNAP households in 7 counties impacted by power outages to seek replacement benefits.

    On August 31, 2021, USDA extended the time for SNAP households in 7 NC counties hard hit by power outages to seek replacement benefits.

    On August 31, 2020, USDA granted NC authority to issue automatic mass SNAP replacement benefits to SNAP households in 11 North Carolina counties hard hit by Tropical Storm Isiais.

  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
    On February 21 USDA approved an extension of time for SNAP households in nine counties hard hit by winter storms and power outages to request replacement benefits.

    On November 23, 2020, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service approved SNAP and D-SNAP recipients in 23 Oregon counties, including Douglas, to purchase hot or prepared foods from authorized SNAP retailers until the end of the year.

    On October 17, 2020, pre-registration for D-SNAP in Oregon opened and will remain open through October 22, 2020. In light of COVID-19, the applications will be completed online from October 23 through October 28.

    On October 16, USDA approved Oregon’s request to operate Disaster SNAP for residents in 8 counties impacted by wildfires.

    On October 7, USDA approved an extension of times for Oregon SNAP households impacted by wildfires to request replacement SNAP benefits.

    On September 29, USDA authorized Oregon to operate on Disaster Household Distributions (DHD) program in four counties hard hit by wildfires and widespread power outages. The initiative is aimed at helping supplement food banks’ supplies.

    On September 23, USDA approved Oregon’s request to allow SNAP participants impacted by wildfires an extension of time to request SNAP replacement benefits.

  • Tennessee

    On September 9, 2021, USDA announced approval of D-SNAP for Tennessee disaster areas.
    On September 3, 2021, USDA approved Tennessee’s request to operate D-SNAP in four counties hit hard by flooding.
    On August 30, 2021, USDA extended the time for SNAP households to seek replacement benefits in four Tennessee counties hard hit by storms that began on August 21, 2021.

    On August, 27, 2021, USDA approved a waiver to allow SNAP households in 5 Tennessee counties hard hit by recent storms to use their benefits for purchase of hot prepared foods.

    During the week of August 16, residents in three Tennessee counties hit hard by spring 2021 severe weather can apply for Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP).

  • Texas

    On February 24, USDA authorized Texas to issue mass replacement benefits onto EBT cards for SNAP households in 66 counties impacted by winter storms and power outages. See also announcement from Texas Governor Abbott.

    In the wake of mid-February storms, USDA approved a statewide waiver to allow hot prepared food purchases with SNAP through March 31, 2021. See also announcement from Texas Governor Abbott.

    In the wake of Hurricane Laura, USDA has granted Texas authority to use USDA foods from TEFAP for a disaster food distribution in Orange County through September 22 “or until such time as D-SNAP is implemented.”

    Automatic mass SNAP benefit replacements (Hurricane Hannah)

  • West Virginia

    With USDA approval West Virginia is making Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) benefits available to people in 4 counties hard hit by late winter storms.

  • Wisconsin

    On August 20, 2021, in the wake of recent storms and power outages, USDA extended the time for SNAP households in 12 Wisconsin counties to seek replacement benefits.

There are several ways to leverage SNAP resources to aid in disaster recovery.

  1. Disaster declarations
  2. Replacement benefits
  3. D-SNAP flexibilities
  4. Hot prepared food waivers
  5. Case processing flexibilities
  6. Restaurant Meals (Letter from FRAC and restaurant association partners)

Fact Sheet

Opportunities for Schools to Provide Disaster Relief Through the Child Nutrition Programs
In the aftermath of a disaster, school districts can provide critical support to students and their families by providing nutritious meals to students through the child nutrition programs.
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