Getting the Food You Need During A Natural Disaster


You can’t prevent natural disasters from occurring, but being prepared and knowing about resources can help you recover faster if a disaster strikes. One resource that can help you get you back on your feet after disaster is D-SNAP. Read below to learn more about this program.

 What is D-SNAP? 

  • D-SNAP stands for Disaster-Supplemental Food Assistance Program.
  • D-SNAP provides temporary food assistance for households affected by a natural disaster.
  • D-SNAP provides one month of benefits to eligible disaster survivors and can facilitate the issuance of supplemental SNAP benefits for ongoing households.
  • To be eligible, a household must live in the identified disaster area, have been affected by the disaster, and meet certain D-SNAP eligibility criteria.

Do I live in an area that is eligible to receive assistance? 

  • An affected area must have received a Presidential declaration of “Major Disaster” with Individual Assistance in order to request a D-SNAP.

 Am I eligible for assistance?

To qualify, you must:

  • Reside in the disaster area
  • Purchase or plan to purchase food during the benefit period
  • Experience an adverse effect due to the disaster
  • Disaster victims who are already SNAP recipients will receive a disaster allocation in addition to their regularly scheduled benefit.

What is considered an adverse effect?

Adverse effects fall into the following three categories:

  • Lost or Inaccessible Income.Lost or inaccessible income includes reduction or termination of income, or a delay in receipt of income during the benefit period due to the disaster.
  • Inaccessible Liquid Resources. Inaccessible liquid resources (e.g., banks are closed due to the disaster) during the benefit period.
  • Deductible Disaster-related Expenses.Out of pocket disaster-related expenses paid (not just incurred) by the household that are not expected to be reimbursed during the 30-day benefit period. This can include damage to or destruction of your home or self-employment business.

 I already receive SNAP benefit. What do I need to do to apply for D-SNAP?

  • It depends. Your state may decide to automatically include D-SNAP benefits on your EBT card. Or you may need to submit an affidavit of disaster loss. You will not need to complete a D-SNAP application or go through the interview process, since you have already completed that for SNAP.

How do I apply?

  • Contact the Food and Nutrition Services through your county Department of Social Services. They can provide more information about the application process. Click here for contact information

To learn about other resources that can help you prepare for a disaster visit North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Disaster Information Center at


D-SNAP information retrieved from

Updated September 19, 2017