Illinois Department of Human Services announced Friday it will offer immediate food assistance, beginning Wednesday, December 11th to 15 counties affected by last month's tornadoes. The USDA's Food and Nutrition Services has authorized IDHS to offer Special Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to residents in those counties delcared federal disaster areas as a result of the severe storms last month. In our area, Tazewell, LaSalle and Woodford Counties are included. To qualify, persons must have had damage to home or business, paid disaster related expenses that were not reimbursed, or loss or reduction of income as a result of the storms on November 17th. Applicants must bring proof of identity, proof of residence in a disaster area prior to the disaster, and any unreimbursed disaster expenses paid during the dates of 11/17/2013 - 12/16/2013. Disaster SNAP benefits will be provided to families based on total income and assets available to a household during the severe weather event. Non reimbursed diaster related expenses are allowed as a deduction from income and assets if verification of the expense is provided.
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