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Residents of Five Additional Counties Affected by Storms Can Get Food Benefits; Households in Grayson, Larue, Ohio, Russell and Trimble may also be eligible for replacement assistance or one-time aid

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 19, 2012  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3104; or Jill Midkiff, (502) 564-7042, ext. 3429  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 15, 2012) – Kentuckians living and working in areas affected by recent tornadoes and severe weather may apply for federal disaster food benefits. 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 21 counties that are part of a federal disaster declaration from the February 29 and 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.

Grayson, Larue, Ohio, Russell, and Trimble counties were added to the federal disaster declaration for individual assistance on March 13 and are eligible for federal disaster food benefits.

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

“These storms have affected thousands of families,” Acting Commissioner James said. “With these federal resources, we can make a bigger impact to help them recover.”

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 received in the month of the disaster will be counted in determining eligibility for the food benefits.  These are one-time benefits based on the household’s size.

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 and income received in the month the disaster caused losses; accessible resources like savings and checking accounts and cash on hand; and statements to verify disaster-related expenses.

The DCBS offices in Grayson, Larue, Ohio, Russell and Trimble counties will accept applications from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23, and on Monday, March 26.  The Trimble County office will also be open to accept disaster applications from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.

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:

Grayson County:
100 McCubbin Blvd., P.O. Box 4280, Leitchfield, Ky. 42755. Phone: (270) 259-4041
Larue County: 105 Howard St., Hodgenville, Ky. 42748-0169. Phone: (270) 358-3176
Ohio County: 947 W. 7th St., Beaver Dam, Ky. 42320. Phone:  (270) 274-8201
Russell County: 100 S. Main St., Bates Bldg. P.O. Box 770, Jamestown, Ky. 42629-0770. Phone: (270) 343-3196
Trimble County: 37 Alexander Ave., Bedford Professional Building, Bedford, Ky. 40006. Phone: (502) 255-3278

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 3/19/2012