When the President has declared a federal disaster as a result of severe weather or other federal emergency, USDA and local state SNAP agencies, including DTA, work together to provide “D-SNAP benefits.” D-SNAP are special SNAP benefits to non-SNAP households needing immediate food assistance. The gross income guidelines are higher, and the application rules are different from regular SNAP benefits (only identity needs to be verified in declared disasters). The D-SNAP rules also allow state agencies to provide extra SNAP benefits to SNAP households affected by the disaster, often by automatically putting extra SNAP dollars onto the EBT card.
- USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) guidance https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/dsnap/state-agencies-partners-resources
- 2013 USDA Manual on Disaster SNAP benefits (link)
- Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) webpage on D-SNAP https://frac.org/programs/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap/disaster-snap-food-stamps
- Disaster SNAP Food Stamp Benefits -- online information from MassLegalHelp (link)