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Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) Enrollment Starts Today

Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) Enrollment Starts Today:
Advocates Urge Eligible New Yorkers to Apply
"Thousands of hungry New Yorkers are missing out on post-Sandy relief they are entitled to. Joel Berg, Executive Director of the NYC Coalition Against Hunger has been charged by the city to help inform the public. We can arrange to have you interview Joel at one of only two locations in the entire city where people can sign up for the benefits (495 Clermont in Downtown Brooklyn or 465 New Dorp Lane in Staten Island). Spanish- and Chinese-speaking spokespeople are available. Please contact me to schedule." - Theresa, Email or call (212)825-0028 x212

The Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) program, formerly known as the Disaster Food Stamp Program, started receiving applications today from low-income New Yorkers adversely affected by Superstorm Sandy. Run by the City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) on behalf of the federal government, this program is designed to provide a one-time SNAP benefit for additional food to those who experienced material loss due to Hurricane Sandy.

The New York City Coalition Against Hunger is sending out a team of staff and volunteers to the relevant zip codes to inform potentially eligible people about the program, an effort made more urgent by the low initial turn-out today at the Brooklyn application site. Current recipients of SNAP in the impacted zip codes have had additional benefits placed on their cards automatically and do not have to apply. Only people who are not currently SNAP recipients, but may have become eligible due to the storm, should apply.

Federal programs such as Disaster SNAP exist precisely to aid Americans when they are in their time of greatest need,” said Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. We strongly urge people who live in the impacted area to apply to receive this vital food assistance. Many of those eligible New Yorkers have worked long and hard and paid significant taxes, so now is the time for them to obtain just a little back from the society to which they have contributed so much.

More program details are below:

  • Only those living in 10 zip codes and 2 additional partial zip code areas on October 27, 2012 may qualify for D-SNAP. To see a list of qualifying zip codes, please click here.
  • Only those not already receiving SNAP need to submit an application. Current SNAP recipients living in the covered zip codes may receive a one-time addl. amount of SNAP benefits, if they are not already receiving the maximum monthly benefit.
  • You do not have to be a citizen or legal permanent resident to qualify.
  • Applicants must apply in person, at one of two locations:
    In Downtown Brooklyn at 495 Clermont Avenue. To see a map of this location, please click here.
    New Dorp High School at 465 New Dorp Lane in Staten Island(no map has been provided due to its centralized location).
  • The SNAP application period is very short. It begins on Wed. 12/12/12 and ends on Tuesday 12/18/12 (but office days and times differ for each of the 2 locations). For the Downtown Brooklyn location, enrollment is restricted for applicants whose last name begins with A-M on 12/12 and L-Z on 12/13.

    For more information, please visit the Hunger Free Communities Consortium’s website at:
    To download this full press release in Word format, please click here.