The federal food assistance program is temporarily expanding in Boulder County to help those affected by the recent severe flooding. The Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as “food stamps”, will provide one month of benefits for those who qualify, and residents are encouraged to apply immediately. The window for application runs from September 21 through September 27, 2013.
Flooding in Boulder County has left many residents displaced and faced with unexpected expenses. In some cases, these added expenses have made it much more difficult for them to purchase the food they need. Residents who meet income limits and can provide proof of flood-related expenses may qualify for the temporary food assistance. Benefit amounts for the month range from $200 for an individual to $1,200 for a family of eight.
“Everyone deserves to have enough nutritious food for themselves and their families, and as a community one of the ways we can respond to this disaster is by giving people who’ve been devastated by this flooding some support in purchasing that food,” said Larraine Archuleta, Director of the Boulder County Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS) Community Support Division. “We want our residents to come to us now so we can help them get back on their feet.”
Residents impacted by the flooding should apply in person for the benefits at one of two Disaster Assistance Centers in Boulder County: Twin Peaks Mall in Longmont and 5945 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder. Applicants should bring proof of both identification and residency, and be prepared to show flood-related expenses. Eligibility will be determined by looking at individual or family income and liquid assets and subtracting those expenses. Food assistance benefits are placed on an EBT card, which in many cases can be issued on the spot.
Eligible expenses include but aren’t limited to flood-related home or business repairs, temporary shelter and evacuation expenses, food lost to spoilage or power outage, medical expenses due to personal injury, cost of clean-up supplies, disaster-related pet boarding fees, storage expenses, and expenses related to replacing necessary personal and household items such as clothing, appliances, and tools.
The food assistance expansion is known as Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “D-SNAP.” Income limits for this assistance are higher than those for the regular SNAP program, which means Boulder County families that don’t normally qualify for food assistance may qualify for D-SNAP.