When Disaster Strikes, Disaster SNAP Helps Feed Kentuckians - Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (2023)

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In addition to the extreme emotional and physicaltoll recent flooding took on the people of eastern Kentucky, the disaster caused severe and lasting financial challenges in the form of income loss, property damage and food insecurity.

To address the most immediate of those concerns, the federal Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) provides temporary food assistance to people in the aftermath of a disaster in two main ways:

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  1. Families impacted by the disaster who normally wouldn’t be eligible for SNAP qualify for food assistance for one month at a time. This type of benefit is available for people living and working in the following eastern Kentucky counties impacted by the flooding, Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Pike, Perry and Whitely
  2. For those that already receive SNAP — 64,800 families (24.6%) in the 12 counties impacted by flooding — some requirements may be waived to ensure benefits continue during disaster recovery. This has already begun for people with SNAP in eastern Kentucky, including with the replacement of SNAP benefits.

While for the most part, Kentucky has quickly responded to alleviate hunger after natural disasters — including three times in the last 15 months, other states provide examples of how Kentucky could be even more prepared to address food insecurity in the aftermath of a catastrophe.

DSNAP helps reduce food insecurity during a disaster

DSNAP is a critical tool for ensuring people have access to food after a natural disaster by providing families with grocery money to keep food on the table in the face of lost income.

How states can qualify

In the event of a natural disaster, a state can qualify for DSNAP in areas that have received a Presidential Disaster Declaration with authorization for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The appropriate state agency — which in Kentucky is the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) — then applies for a series of DSNAP requests approving various types of benefits and waivers in specific counties through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Typically, the USDA approves state DSNAP operations for a very short period of time, though it can be extended as long as the individual assistance declaration is in place.

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How DSNAP helps people not normally eligible for SNAP

DSNAP provides money for groceries to families who previously may not have been eligible for SNAP, but are in need of immediate food assistance and have experienced disaster-related disruptions during a federally declared emergency. These individuals may have lost income because their workplace is closed, are unable to access banks or have out-of-pocket disaster expenses that are unlikely to be reimbursed within the month. In order to apply for one month of benefits, individuals usually only have about 7 to 10 days after the state is approved to operate DSNAP to submit a simplified version of the typical SNAP application. Qualifying information such as residency in an affected area, net income and disaster-related losses are then verified, and within 72 hours of applying, qualifying individuals receive a month of benefits. The amount is equivalent to the maximum amount for a SNAP household their size; for a family of three that is $658.

How DSNAP helps people already receiving SNAP

For the 64,800 Kentuckians already receiving SNAP in affected eastern Kentucky counties, DSNAP also allows the state to temporarily lift some existing rules to ensure they get the food assistance they immediately need. For example, hot meal waivers allow people with SNAP to buy food not normally eligible for purchase with SNAP, which typically only covers groceries used to make meals at home, which are difficult to find (and prepare) after a disaster.

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DCBS can also request waivers to ensure people with SNAP get the food assistance they are eligible for during a disaster. These could include extending recertification periods, waiving in-person eligibility interviews, replacing lost or damaged Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards and replacing all SNAP benefits for people that report losing food purchased with benefits. For example, if an area lost power for an extended period of time, the groceries they bought with SNAP are likely unsafe to eat. By replacing benefits for all families with SNAP in that area, families may be able to replace the groceries lost.

DSNAP has provided much needed food assistance during disasters 3 times in Kentucky within the last 15 months

In June 2021, after severe heavy rains and flooding, 31 counties in Kentucky were approved to provide DSNAP benefits. In January 2022 DCBS and the USDA approved DSNAP benefits and several related waivers, providing over $734,826 in food assistance for a total of 3,375 people living in the path of the western Kentucky tornadoes.

More recently, in response to devastating flooding in eastern Kentucky, residents and people working in the 12 counties can receive food assistance, regardless of their eligibility for traditional SNAP. DCBS has also already begun providing DSNAP waivers to families with SNAP, including:

  • Replacing SNAP benefits for families who report lost food purchased with SNAP in 12 counties, reaching over 2,500 people. The waiver was also extended to August 31, well beyond the usual 7 to 10 days. For those SNAP households approved for a replacement, they will also automatically receive a supplement amount up to the maximum amount for their household size.
  • Granting a hot meal waiver use in grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants that accept SNAP in 27 counties until September 2.
  • Extending SNAP recertification for food assistance for 6 months in 12 affected counties for those who may not easily be able to submit information and recertify SNAP due to the emergency.

USDA can approve additional rounds of DSNAP for the affected eastern Kentucky counties.

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How can people in eastern Kentucky find food assistance with DSNAP?
Potentially eligible families, current SNAP participants and SNAP-authorized retailers in affected counties can call a dedicated SNAP phoneline at 833-371-8570, visit a local DCBS office or FEMA disaster recovery center or look to the Governor’s emergency response resources page for updated information on DSNAP, including open office hours for their county or the FEMA’s website for additional disaster assistance resources. Retailers that want to become authorized to accept SNAP and DSNAP can find the application process on the USDA’s website.

There is more Kentucky can do to be prepared for the next disaster

Kentucky has quickly applied for DSNAP after recent natural disaster emergencies. But with increased severity and frequency of disasters expected, we can follow the lead of other states to proactively incorporate food assistance into emergency planning.

For example, in California, the state agency that administers food assistance is legally required to request all DSNAP waivers that they may be eligible for in the event of a disaster. Ultimately, this legislative requirement has helped state agencies incorporate DSNAP into emergency preparedness plans and create operational policies to quickly apply and administer food assistance in an emergency.

In Louisiana, residents can prepare for disasters by pre-registering for DSNAP to speed up the application process by providing basic information online that may be difficult to access during a disaster or evacuation. If the state is approved for DSNAP in a federally-declared disaster their agency is then better prepared to administer DSNAP quickly. With steps to better prepare to operate DSNAP in an emergency, we can better ensure that Kentuckians are less likely to go hungry while recovering from a natural disaster.

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How do I get a Dsnap in KY? ›

Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) Commissioner Marta Miranda-Straub said flood victims are encouraged to apply for D-SNAP benefits by calling the DCBS Call Services Center at 855-306-8959.

How many Kentuckians are on snap? ›

SNAP Participation September 2022: 550,232

Additionally, there have been two instances since 2013 when the decline in SNAP enrollment accelerated.

Are SNAP benefits increasing in Kentucky? ›

On October 1, 2022, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit levels will automatically rise to reflect changes in the cost of living, helping households with low incomes cover their food needs and countering recent high food inflation.

Will Louisiana get disaster food stamps for Hurricane Ida? ›

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) received federal approval September 14, 2021 to begin Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) operations to provide additional food aid to families impacted by Hurricane Ida.

Will Ky get more EBT in 2022? ›

P-EBT is a SNAP benefit program that helps many families across the country. The state of Kentucky has approved benefits for $391 per eligible child for Summer 2022.

Are we getting PEBT in 2022 Kentucky? ›

Summer P-EBT for Kentucky has been scheduled for release. Lincoln County students that were receiving free or reduced lunch in May 2022 will be eligible for $391. The funds will be deposited to cards by 9/21/22.

How much do you get for 1 SNAP? ›

If gross monthly income is less than the limit for household size, determine net income. $2,050 is less than the $3,007 allowed for a 4-person household, so determine net income.
SNAP Excess Shelter Costs Deduction.
People in HouseholdMaximum Monthly Allotment
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1 Oct 2021

What state has the most people on food stamps? ›

New Mexico has the highest percent of food stamp recipients at 21.49%. California has the highest amount of food stamp recipients at 3,987,751.
All 50 States Ranked From Most People On Food Stamps To Least.
StateSouth Carolina
% Of The Population11.61%
Food Stamp Recipients590,285
Food Stamps Redeemed$964,232,162
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29 Aug 2022

What is the income limit for food stamps in KY 2022? ›

Income limit for the SNAP program

One person in the household: $25,760. Two people in the household: $34,840. Three people in the household: $43,920.

Will Ky get extra SNAP benefits in October 2022? ›

The extra food stamp benefits for October 2022 are part of the Emergency Allotment (EA) Program. This means that recipients receiving food stamp benefits in approved states will receive extra food stamps for the month. SNAP EBT cardholders will receive the maximum benefit amount for their household size.

Is Ky getting extra food stamps in September 2022? ›

For September 2022, the extra SNAP will come as a supplemental payment on or about September 3rd. For each additional member over 8, add $188.

What time of day does EBT deposit in KY? ›

Ongoing monthly EBT cash benefits are transmitted to EBT accounts on the first day of the month and are available at 6 a.m. PST.

What is the income limit for DSNAP in Louisiana? ›

Household SizeDSNAP Allotment
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How long does DSNAP last Louisiana? ›

When do my benefits expire? You have 9 months to use your federal benefits (including SNAP, P-EBT, DSNAP, etc.) Benefits not used after 9 months will be removed from your EBT card.

Can you buy hot food with EBT in Louisiana? ›

In Louisiana, you also can't use SNAP to purchase food that is served hot at the point of sale because it is not among the states that operate a Restaurant Meals Program through SNAP.

How long does Kentucky PEBT last? ›

Your P-EBT reimbursement will remain active on your card as long as you use some of them at least once every 9 months. If I receive P-EBT will it affect my eligibility for other public assistance programs? No. P-EBT is an additional service and will not affect your eligibility for other public assistance programs.

Will the P-EBT card be reloaded every month Ky? ›

Eligible students who are current SNAP recipients will have their benefits loaded directly on their SNAP card on the designated P-EBT day each month (see dates above).

Who qualifies for P-EBT in Kentucky? ›

Children who would have received free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Act if their schools were not closed or operating with reduced hours or attendance for at least 5 consecutive days are eligible to receive P-EBT benefits.

Is P-EBT a one time payment? ›

2022 P-EBT benefits will be issued in a single payment.

Can you buy hot food with EBT in KY? ›

You may use your EBT card to purchase almost any food item, except ready-to-eat hot foods. The Kentucky Cabinet runs the Food Benefits/EBT Program for Families and Children.

Will there be another round of PEBT TN? ›

When will I get my P-EBT benefits? School Year 2021/2022 P-EBT benefits will be distributed beginning July 30, 2022. To check the status and distribution date of P-EBT benefits, parents can use the P-EBT Parent Portal by visiting https://onedhs.tn.gov/parent or calling the P-EBT hotline at 1-833-419-3210.

How much does snap increase per day? ›

Your snap score increases by one point for every snap that you send, so make snapping your friends a regular part of your day. If you don't use Snapchat for a few days, your first snap after the hiatus will reward you with 6 points.

Do you get 1 SNAP score per snap? ›

You don't get extra points for sending the same Snap to multiple users. You need to send a unique Snap to get a point.

How does Snapchat work? ›

Snapchat is a multimedia app that can be used on smartphones running Android or iOS. It allows you to send pictures or videos, named "Snaps," to friends. These Snaps vanish after they've been viewed. The platform also offers a Chat function, similar to instant messaging services like WhatsApp.

What race uses food stamps the most? ›

SNAP recipients represent different races and/or ethnicities. White: about 37 percent; African American: 26 percent; Hispanic: 16 percent; Asian: 3 percent; and Native American: about 2 percent. (About 16 percent of participants are categorized as “race unknown.”) Many SNAP households have earned income.

How long are most people on food stamps? ›

A majority of the adults who ever participated in SNAP in this three-and-a-half-year period participated in the program for less than two years total, with about two-fifths (44 percent) participating for one year or less and 20 percent participating for one to two years. (See Figure 6.)

What is the highest income for food stamps 2022? ›

And assets are "countable resources" like cash, money in a bank account, and certain vehicles. For fiscal year 2022 (October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022), a two-member household with a net monthly income of $1,452 (100% of poverty) might qualify for SNAP.

What is the income limit for KY Medicaid 2022? ›

In 2022, this means an individual can have income up to $841 / month, and a couple, up to $1,261 / month. The asset limit remains $2,000 for an individual, but is $3,000 for a couple.

What is the highest income to qualify for Medicaid 2022? ›

Income Limit in Most States

Most states — 38 and Washington, D.C. — have the same income limit of $2,523 per month for a single person for most types of Medicaid services. For a married couple, the limit increases to $5,046 in most cases.

How much food stamps can a single person get in Kentucky? ›

SNAP Max Income for Food Stamps Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020
Household SizeGross Monthly Income Limits (130% of poverty)Max Food Assistance Benefit Monthly
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How long will the increase in food stamps last in RI 2022? ›

Since March 2020, SNAP households have been receiving extra emergency SNAP payments due to the pandemic. For December 2022, the extra SNAP will come as a supplemental payment on or about December 3rd. More information is available here: dhs.ri.gov/pre.../snap-up…

How long will the increase in food stamps last in Illinois 2022? ›

The good news is that recipients are going to continue to get an extra monthly emergency payment through until October 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SNAP recipients have been receiving extra monthly emergency allotments since April 2020.

Will CalFresh emergency allotment continue in 2022? ›

California has been approved to provide emergency allotments to eligible households during the COVID-19 Emergency. March 2020 through October 2022 Emergency benefits will raise each household's regular monthly CalFresh allotment to the maximum allowable benefits based on their CalFresh household size.

Does Kentucky get extra food stamps in February 2022? ›

Yes, Kentucky has been approved to distribute emergency allotment SNAP benefits in February 2022. Approximately 257,332 Kentucky households will receive extra food stamp benefits in February.

Are we getting extra food stamps in 2022 in Texas? ›

AUSTIN, Texas - Emergency SNAP food benefits have been extended for November 2022. Governor Greg Abbott announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing more than $334.5 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of November.

Are we getting extra food stamps this month in Ohio 2022? ›

Although it is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program is administered at the state level. As previously reported by GOBankingRates, the USDA's cost-of-living adjustments for SNAP benefits will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2022, providing an increase in food aid to Ohio families.

What time does food stamps go on your card in Kentucky? ›

Kentucky's SNAP benefits are sent out over the first 19 calendar days of every month. The day you receive your benefits is based on the last digit of your case number. If you have not received your May benefits on the day they're due and have verified your eligibility, call the customer support number at 855-306-8959.

How do I check my P-EBT balance in KY? ›

Kentucky P-EBT Balance Check by Phone

The second option to check your P-EBT balance is by calling the Kentucky EBT Card Customer Service toll-free phone number at 1-888-979-9949. Representatives are available to help you retrieve your current card balance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How do you apply for P-EBT in Kentucky? ›

Elective participation: Students who do not qualify based on automatic participation, or who are unsure and are eligible to receive a free or reduced-price lunch, should complete a simple online P-EBT application: https://benefind.ky.gov/.

What is the lowest income to qualify for SNAP? ›

Gross monthly income — that is, household income before any of the program's deductions are applied — generally must be at or below 130 percent of the poverty line. For a family of three, the poverty line used to calculate SNAP benefits in federal fiscal year 2023 is $1,920 a month.

What is the maximum income a family of four can make and still receive SNAP in Virginia? ›

View coronavirus (COVID-19) resources on Benefits.gov.
Who is eligible for this program?
Household Size*Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
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How do I apply for Louisiana DSNAP? ›

You can pre-register for DSNAP in the DCFS CAFÉ Self-Service Portal at www.dcfs.la.gov/cafe or by calling the LAHelpU Customer Service Center at 1-888-524-3578.

Is Ky getting Summer PEBT 2022? ›

Summer P-EBT for Kentucky has been scheduled for release. Lincoln County students that were receiving free or reduced lunch in May 2022 will be eligible for $391. The funds will be deposited to cards by 9/21/22.

Is Louisiana getting extra food stamps in July 2022? ›

Louisiana received federal approval to issue Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer benefits (P-EBT) for the Summer of 2022 to families of children who: Qualified for free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program in May 2022, OR.

What parishes in Louisiana are getting disaster food stamps? ›

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) approved a DSNAP operation for the following parishes and ZIP codes: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St.

What food can you buy with an EBT card? ›

Acceptable EBT Purchases

Your EBT card can be used to buy breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, dairy, and plants and seeds to grow food for your household to eat.

Can you buy hot food with EBT? ›

Generally, food that is hot when sold or food that is sold to be eaten in the store cannot be purchased with your EBT card.

What is the monthly income limit for food stamps in Kentucky 2022? ›

Income limit for the SNAP program

One person in the household: $25,760. Two people in the household: $34,840. Three people in the household: $43,920.

What is the income limit in KY for food stamps? ›

Who is eligible for Kentucky Food Benefits/EBT?
Household Size*Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
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What is Dsnap Ky? ›

On Aug. 19, 2022, FNS approved Kentucky's request to operate Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) in 12 counties in response to the impact of the severe storms causing mudslides, landslides, and extreme flooding that began on July 26, 2022.

Who qualifies for food stamps? ›

Gross monthly income — that is, household income before any of the program's deductions are applied — generally must be at or below 130 percent of the poverty line. For a family of three, the poverty line used to calculate SNAP benefits in federal fiscal year 2023 is $1,920 a month.

Is Kentucky getting extra food stamps for August 2022? ›

The extra food stamp benefits for August 2022 are part of the Emergency Allotment (EA) Program. This means that recipients receiving food stamp benefits in approved states will receive extra food stamps for the month. SNAP EBT cardholders will receive the maximum benefit amount for their household size.

Is Dsnap the same as SNAP? ›

D-SNAP is a completely different program from the regular SNAP Program. The chart below compares the two programs. Additional information about both programs is available at www.fns.usda.gov/snap.

Will Kentucky get PEBT again? ›

The Spring 2022 P-EBT period covers from September 2021 to May 2022. When will I receive my P-EBT Reimbursement ? All students who were P-EBT eligible during the months of September 2021-December 2021 and/or January 2022-February 2022 will receive their P-EBT reimbursement on or around May 25, 2022.

How long does it take to get emergency food stamps in KY? ›

Submit a SNAP application the same day you contact DCBS to apply for this benefit. Receive approval or denial of their SNAP application within 30 days of applying. Receive SNAP benefits within a few days if you meet certain qualifications.

What is the most food stamps one person can get? ›

To get SNAP benefits, you must apply in the state in which you currently live and you must meet certain requirements, including resource and income limits, which are described on this page.
SNAP Excess Shelter Costs Deduction.
People in HouseholdMaximum Monthly Allotment
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Do you get cash assistance twice a month? ›

Cash Assistance Benefits. FA and SNA provide a cash benefit twice per month that can be used for food, utilities and housing expenses. If you are eligible for FA, you can only receive benefits for a lifetime total of five years (60 months).

What benefits can I apply for? ›

Help on a low income
  • Universal Credit.
  • Housing Benefit.
  • Working and child tax credits.
  • Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Pension Credit.
  • Income Support.


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