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When there is a Presidentially declared major disaster for which individuals are eligible for assistance, the state of Mississippi may request authorization to issue disaster food assistance benefits. The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service approves state requests to operate D-SNAP after the state has received a Presidential disaster declaration for individual assistance and grocery stores are open and operating in your area. Once program operations have been approved, the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) will set a limited period for you to file a D-SNAP application.
MDHS certification staff must review your household’s circumstances to determine eligibility. You may apply in person for Mississippi D-SNAP benefits at an application site in your area and, if eligible, obtain your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The EBT card will be loaded with your D-SNAP benefits and works like a debit card at most grocery stores.
You can access a listing of Mississippi application sites in your area at:
Eligibility: You may be eligible for food assistance through the Mississippi D-SNAP if you: Are not already receiving food benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is the regular state food assistance program (Current SNAP households may be eligible for supplemental disaster benefits); Were living or, in some cases, working in the disaster area at the time of the disaster; and Experienced at least one of the following adverse effects: Unreimbursed disaster-related expenses (e.g., home or business repairs, temporary shelter expenses, evacuation expenses, home/business protection, disaster-related personal injury including funeral expenses); and Lost or inaccessible income Your eligibility for D-SNAP benefits is based on your “Disaster Gross Income” or DGI. When you apply for benefits, your caseworker will calculate your DGI by adding your take-home pay, unearned income (such as public assistance payments) and liquid resources (such as bank accounts and cash on hand) and subtracting your unreimbursed disaster-related expenses. The maximum DGI is set each year and is based on household size. If your DGI is less than or equal to the maximum you may qualify for D-SNAP. To see current DGIs for various household sizes visit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/government/FY11_Income_Standards.htm
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