The federal nutrition programs are dynamic near-term responders in the wake of natural disasters.
The federal nutrition programs are responding to meet the needs of those affected by:
Wildfires – California
Typhoon Yutu – Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Power Outages – Massachusetts
Hurricane Lane – Hawaii
See USDA’s Food Assistance for Disaster Relief page for more information.
USDA’s National Hunger Hotline can connect callers with emergency food providers in their community. Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish) from Monday through Friday (7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET).
Here are ways advocates can provide food assistance to those in need:
- Foster relationships with state and local SNAP agencies.
- Urge your state to apply to USDA for D-SNAP as soon as disaster strikes.
- Engage media, elected officials, and FEMA in getting out the word about food assistance.
- Speak up on behalf of clients who fall through the cracks of disaster relief efforts.
- Urge your state child nutrition agency to apply for waivers to ensure access to meals and snacks through the child nutrition programs.