Disaster Food Stamps Available Thursday For Tornado Victims In 10 Counties Statewide

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Tennessee Department of Human Services, with USDA approval, will begin issuing D-SNAP (Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits on Thursday, to eligible residents of ten tornado-ravaged counties that have been federally declared disaster areas following the storms that occurred earlier in March. 

The D-SNAP program is the Food Stamp Disaster program approved via a waiver from the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service.

The program allows households that are not otherwise eligible for the standard SNAP program to receive supplemental food assistance during a time of financial hardship caused by tornado damage.

The benefits are only for eligible residents of Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn, Polk, Monroe, Claiborne, Cumberland, Overton, Jackson and DeKalb counties. Applications for D-SNAP benefits can be submitted Thursday through Thursday, April 5, including Saturday, March 31. 

Only residents of these counties, who sustained tornado loss or damages and wish to apply for the D- SNAP benefits, can apply. Residents who are currently receiving standard SNAP benefits can also apply for the D-SNAP program. All eligible residents are asked to bring photo identification, address information, Social Security verification, statements of income or resources, and estimated disaster expenses to one of the DHS offices in their county. Staff on-site will make eligibility determinations, and benefits in the form of EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards will be distributed the same day. The benefits will represent up to a one-month allotment of food stamps for the appropriate household size, and can be used for up to 90 days in any authorized SNAP grocery retailer. 

The following locations are DHS offices in each of the 10 affected counties. They will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, local time to process applications for disaster SNAP benefits: 

Bradley County                                               

950 Star Vue Drive, S.W., Suite 1
Cleveland, TN 37311-5700

 

Hamilton County

311 E. Martin Luther King Blvd, Suite 301
Chattanooga, TN 37403-4126

Polk County

240 Cherokee Circle
Benton, TN 37307-3913 

Monroe County

123 Pedigo Road

Madisonville, TN 37354-4426


McMinn County                                               

1008 Knight Road, Suite B
Athens, TN 37303-4634

Cumberland County

32 Daniel Drive
Crossville, TN 38555-4028

Overton County

411 West Main Street
Livingston, TN 38570-1831

Claiborne County

310 Court Street 
Tazewell, TN  37879-3031


Jackson County

307 S. Murray Street 
Gainesboro, TN 38562-9370

DeKalb County

715 Walker Drive
Smithville, TN 37166-2028

 

For more information, including a list of key questions and answers about the assistance program, please visit the DHS website atwww.tn.gov/humanserv or contact your local DHS office. 


Police Investigating An Armed Robbery On Friday Night At UTC

UTC Police are investigating with the Chattanooga City Police an armed robbery in Lot 4 near Boling Apartments on Friday night. The suspects are described as two black men.  One was six feet tall, wearing a navy jacket, with medium skin tone and short hair.  The other suspect was reported to be 5’ 7”, wearing blue jeans and a long white T-shirt. The second suspect ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AKRIDGE, JERTERRIUS MARSHAWN 6317 TALLEDEGA AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, 37421 20 Chattanooga THEFT OF PROPERTY EVADING ARREST RESISTING ARREST OR OBSTRUCTION OF LEGAL PROCESS RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ANTONIO, MICAELA 2001 E. 28TH ST. CHATTANOOGA, 37407 31 Hamilton ... (click for more)

Don't Allow Us To Be Overrun By People Who Do Not Belong Here - And Response (6)

Thank you, Senator Corker, for your clear, concise evaluation of the president's attempt to bypass Congress and personally and independently establish national policy that violates our current immigration laws.   Our long-standing failure to enforce our laws to control illegal immigration across our southern border has made this country less safe and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Pretty’ Seeking ‘Rich’

The story has been around for a while, long enough for the fact-checking Snopes.com to classify it as a “legend,” which means “great story but lacks validity,” so as we hope Tennessee’s football team can somehow beat 19 th -ranked Missouri in a rough-and-tumble game at Neyland Stadium tonight, allow me to share this because it is delightful just the same. The following is what ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Cruises To Another Playoff Victory, 48-7

The Notre Dame football express continues to roll on down the track and it appears the Fighting Irish are just picking up a little bit more steam. Facing a 10-2 McMinn Central in the quarterfinal round of the TSSAA Class 3-A football playoffs at spacious Finley Stadium Friday night, Notre Dame did what they've been doing all year -- scoring early and often while limiting the ... (click for more)

Irish QB Darras Dazzles Chargers With Passing Show

Film sessions all week didn’t do McMinn Central much good in Friday’s TSSAA Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game against hard-charging Notre Dame. “We knew they were a good ball team from what we saw on film,” Chargers coach Josh Goodin said. “But the films didn’t do them justice. We couldn’t matchup with them.” It was obvious from the start. The third-ranked Irish ... (click for more)