Middlesex Residents Can Apply For Disaster Food Assistance

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Individuals and families who experienced extreme material losses during Hurricane Irene and subsequent flooding may be eligible for food assistance through the disaster-related Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

Middlesex County residents will have seven business days to apply for the one-time benefit, starting Sept. 12 and ending Sept. 20. Applications will be accepted at six sites throughout the county.

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Residents currently not receiving state Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and whose storm-related expenses include damages beyond the loss of food due to power outages may be eligible for this one-time benefit.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Family Development, which administers SNAP through the counties, is coordinating these processes with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services.

The Middlesex County Board of Social Services is administering the application process for Middlesex County residents. It has set up sites in Monroe, New Brunswick, Old Bridge, Piscataway, Sayreville and Woodbridge.

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

Residents who wish to apply for the disaster-related Supplemental Nutritional Assistance program may visit the county Web Site at http://co.middlesex.nj.us for specific dates, times and locations of application sites. More information also is available at the NJ SNAP page: www.NJSNAP.org or by calling the Middlesex County Board of Social Services at 1-732-745-3500.


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