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USDA eases rules for S.C. SNAP participants impacted by Florence

(Pxhere via MGN)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has eased program rules for South Carolina SNAP participants impacted by Hurricane Florence.

The department granted flexibility Thursday to allow residents to replace food purchased with SNAP benefits that was lost due to power outages and flooding caused by Florence.

Those participants have until Oct. 15, 2018 to report food loss to the state and request those replacement benefits.

“When this many people are facing immediate hardship in South Carolina, it’s crucial for USDA and the state to offer as much flexibility as possible to recover food losses,” said Acting Deputy Under Secretary Brandon Lipps. “This waiver will provide sufficient reporting time for households who are facing power outages, flooding, and other obstacles in the wake of this disaster.”

SNAP usually requires households to report food loss within 10 days of purchase, but the state requested a waiver from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to allow them additional time.

The waiver applies to the following counties:

  • Berkeley
  • Beaufort
  • Calhoun
  • Charleston
  • Chesterfield
  • Clarendon
  • Colleton
  • Darlington
  • Dillon
  • Dorchester
  • Florence
  • Georgetown
  • Hampton
  • Horry
  • Jasper
  • Kershaw
  • Lancaster
  • Lee
  • Lexington
  • Marion
  • Marlboro
  • Orangeburg
  • Richland
  • Sumter
  • Williamsburg
  • York

FNS says they are ready to consider additional waivers and any other actions that may be necessary to help participants who have lost food due to the storm and to help simplify the application process for those affected, upon request from the state.

For more information on FNS assistance during times of disaster, visit www.fns.usda.gov/disaster.

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