Thursday, September 29, 2005

Food Stamps for Rita

Special Food Stamp Assistance Now Available for Families Affected by Rita

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission received rapid approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow the state to provide disaster food stamp assistance to individuals and families displaced by Hurricane Rita.

The USDA-approved waiver [PDF] applies to food stamp applicants in nine Texas counties and one Louisiana parish declared a disaster area as a result of Hurricane Rita. The program allows HHSC to act quickly to provide families with assistance by waiving certain eligibility requirements. Eligible families can receive assistance for up to 90 days.

Residents of Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newtown, Orange and Tyler counties, as well as Beauregard parish, can apply for disaster food stamps through any Texas Health and Human Services Commission field office. To find the nearest office, evacuees should call 2-1-1 or 1-888-312-4567.

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