NEW YORK—The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a request to bring $12.9 million in Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aid, or food stamps, to parts of New York City following Hurricane Sandy. The aid will be for both current food stamp recipients and people currently not receiving food stamps in selected zip codes.
According to U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, people who live in Lower Manhattan, Red Hook, Coney Island, south of Allen Avenue in Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, and Staten Island’s southeastern shore can apply for disaster food stamps at two locations: 495 Clermont Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn and New Dorp High School in Staten Island.
The program will help an estimated 30,000 New York City households and “help those who normally would not receive (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits or food stamps, but are struggling to put food on the table due to disaster-related damage.”
State Sen. Daniel Squadron, describing the program as “critical food assistance,” said it will help those affected by Sandy “through this extraordinarily difficult time and allow them to focus on their family’s long-term recovery and rebuilding,” according to a statement.
See nyc.gov for more information.
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