USDA and Morris County Offer Food Assistance for Sandy-Impacted Families
Storm-impacted individuals and families in Morris County who are not already enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may be eligible for a federal food assistance benefit called D-SNAP.
D-SNAP is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services through the New Jersey Department of Human Services, which said it has established strict criteria that must be met for people to qualify.
The program is being administered in Morris County by the Office of Temporary Assistance in the county’s Department of Human Services.
“An individual or family may apply for D-SNAP benefits if they lost food, in addition to incurring an out-of-pocket expense of over $100, and if that expense can be documented to have occurred between Oct. 28 and Nov. 26,” said county Human Services Director Frank Pinto.
Under the program’s guidelines, anyone currently receiving Food Stamps is not eligible to apply for D-SNAP.
Application for D-SNAP must be made in person at the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance, 340 West Hanover Ave., in Morris Township, Monday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Nov. 30, and Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4.
All applicants with last names beginning with the letters A thru M should apply Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while applicants with last names beginning with letters N thru Z should apply Tuesday, Thursday and Monday, Dec. 3. Applicants who missed their designated day may apply on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Senior citizens and persons with disabilities may apply on any of the designated days.
To qualify under the state’s guidelines, a person or family must provide:
- Identification and proof of residency – a driver’s license, for example, would serve as both.
- Pay stubs and bank statements (cash, checking and savings) for the 30 days from Oct. 28 through Nov. 26. Under the guidelines, for a family of one, the income limit is $2,268 with a benefit of $200; a family of two is $2,965 limit with a $367 benefit; a family of three is $3,416 limit with a $526 benefit; and, a family of four is $4,034 limit with a $668 benefit.
- Receipts that show more than $100 spent on disaster-related expenses between Oct. 28 and Nov. 26. The cost of replacing food cannot be included in the $100, but restaurant expenses are allowed.
Related expenses may include:
- Evacuation expenses and temporary shelter in a motel
- Home/business repairs and disaster-related vehicle repairs
- Disaster clean up
- Gasoline for a generator
- Replacement of personal items, such as clothing or household items, such as appliances, tools, educational materials.
If any of the purchases were charged to a credit card, the resident must be able to document that they paid the credit card bill for these items by Nov. 26.
Eligible recipients will receive their benefits on an Electronic Benefits Transfer card that only can be used for the purchase of grocery food items.
Questions may be directed to the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance at 973-326-7800. Directions to the OTA are posted online.