Food assistance after a disaster
D-SNAP is a program that provides short-term funds so you can buy food if you are in a presidentially declared disaster area. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.
You can qualify for disaster food assistance, even if you do not normally receive or qualify for regular food assistance through SNAP benefits.
Find out if you are eligible for disaster food assistance
The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), also known as disaster food stamps, helps you pay for food if you live in a state with an Individual Assistance declaration from the president. The program provides funds on an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card to pay for food.
D-SNAP requirements for people who do not receive regular SNAP benefits
You can receive D-SNAP if you live in a disaster area and you are facing:
- A loss of income because of the disaster
- Costly expenses because of the disaster
- Evacuation or relocation expenses
- A personal injury related to the disaster
D-SNAP requirements for people who receive SNAP benefits
If you receive SNAP benefits, you may still qualify for an additional amount. To get an increase in your benefits, you must:
- Receive less than the maximum amount for your family
- Have experienced a loss due to a disaster
The D-SNAP amount will increase your benefit to meet the maximum benefit for your family.
How to apply for D-SNAP
Each state sets its own process to apply for D-SNAP benefits. Contact your state’s SNAP office to learn how to apply.
LAST UPDATED: July 20, 2023