NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Residents in southeastern North Carolina impacted by Hurricane Florence can begin applying for help buying food through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) this week.
Eligible households will receive a one-time benefit on a special debit card (called an EBT card) to help buy food. The exact amount will depend on household size, but a family of one would receive $192, a family of four would receive $640 and larger families would receive more.
To be eligible, a person must:
- Live in one of 27 counties: Bladen, Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne, and Wilson.
- Have suffered losses/damages related to Hurricane Florence, such as damage to property, loss of income or food loss.
- Have proof of identity and proof of residency (if available).
- Have income and resources below certain levels.
- Not currently be receiving help buying food through the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program. People receiving FNS can also get extra help buying food, but do not need to fill out a D-SNAP application. They can get more information about how to get the extra help here.
Long lines and wait times are possible at application sites, so bring any necessary items.
No food vendors will be allowed and no donations will be accepted or distributed at application locations.
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.
- Weekdays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- No applications will be taken on Sundays.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY
New Hanover County applications will be accepted in person only at the former Sears store in Independence Mall.
Dates and times are:
- Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Oct. 1, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Oct. 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Oct. 3, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Oct. 4, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Oct. 5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Applicants should enter the mall parking lot from Independence Boulevard and follows signs to the entrance between Ruby Tuesday's and the former Sears store. The mall is also on Wave Transit's bus routes.
If they are eligible, New Hanover County families will be issued electronic benefits transfer cards on side based on US Department of Agriculture policy. Eligibility and benefit allotment is based on available income and resources.
Pender County residents who want to apply for help buying food related to Hurricane Florence can only do so in person at Pender County's designated application site:
Pender County Department of Social Services will accept applications on the following dates at the Pender County Agricultural Building, 801 S. Walker St. in Burgaw:
• Friday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Monday, Oct. 1, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Thursday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Friday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Saturday, Oct. 6, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.