Brunswick declared disaster county; residents eligible for food benefits program

Brunswick declared disaster county; residents eligible for food benefits program

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The US Department of Agriculture and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has declared Brunswick County a disaster county in the wake of Hurricane Florence, meaning the Department of Social Services is authorized to administer the Disaster Food and Nutrition benefits program.

According to a Brunswick County news release, applications for food benefits will be taken at Brunswick Community College's Odell Williamson Auditorium beginning Friday. The auditorium is located at 150 College Road in Bolivia.

Dates and times for benefit applications are:

  • Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Oct. 1-Oct. 6

  • Weekdays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

No applications will be taken on Sundays.

This program is designed to authorize food stamp benefits for households that have experienced loss as a result of Hurricane Florence.

If their home was damaged or destroyed or they lost income or had food loss because of the hurricane, residents may qualify for one month of assistance. Eligibility is based on available income and resources. People receiving food stamp benefits are not eligible.

Individuals applying for benefits will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Identity
  • Residency
  • Date of birth for all household members included on application
  • Social Security Numbers for all household members included on application
  • Income made or anticipated to be made Sept. 7-Oct. 6 for all household members
  • Storm-related expenses such as cost to protect property during the disaster, cost to repair or replace items/ property, food loss due to disaster, temporary shelter expenses and moving and storage cost due to the disaster, etc.

Long lines and wait times are possible so bring medications and other necessary items.

No food vendors will be allowed and no donations will be accepted or distributed at application locations.

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