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Food Stamps Available for Illinois Flood Victims

August 31, 2010

Victims of the recent Northern Illinois flooding may now be eligible for food assistance.

Governor Pat Quinn on Monday said that food stamps are available to residents of the seven counties that were declared federal disaster areas as a result of last month’s flash flooding.

“The recent floods in Cook and six other northern Illinois counties have had a devastating effect on many families and businesses,” said Governor Quinn. “Flood victims have immediate needs such as employment, food, clothing and shelter. This emergency program will provide immediate help to families that are recovering from these devastating floods.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services authorized the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to offer the food stamps, which are now called Disaster SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

Disaster SNAP benefits will be given to families based on their total income and assets available to a household during the disaster. You can deduct non-reimbursed disaster-related expenses from your total amount of assets.

SNAP benefits can be used to buy people food but not for the purchase of alcohol, tobacco or non-food items.

Benefits must be used within 90 days.

To qualify, you must have had damage to your home or business during the flooding, have had disaster-related expenses that weren’t reimbursed, or a loss or reduction of income from July 22 through August 20, 2010

Residents might be eligible if they lived or worked in specific areas of the following counties during the disaster:

*Cook

*DuPage

*Carroll

*Jo Daviess

*Ogle

*Stevenson

*Winnebago

Applications are now available at certain Illinois Department of Human Services offices and will be accepted through September 3.

Bring proof of your identity and proof of the address of your home or job in the disaster area before it occurred.

For more information, call DHS at (800) 843-6154.

To see the locations of offices accepting applications, check out www.dhs.state.il.us.

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