Gov. Pat Quinn announced Friday that the Illinois Department of Human Services will offer immediate food assistance to 15 counties starting Dec. 11.
The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services has authorized IDHS to offer special Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to residents in counties declared federal disaster areas – which includes Grundy County – as a result of recent severe storms, according to a news release from Quinn’s office.
To qualify, applicants must have had damage to their property, paid disaster-related expenses that were not reimbursed or suffered loss of income as a result of the storms.
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 Nov. 17 to Dec. 16.
Disaster SNAP benefits will be provided to families based on total income and assets available during the severe weather event. Non-reimbursed disaster-related expenses are allowed as a deduction from income and assets.
A qualifying two-person family with a monthly income less than $1,923 could receive $347 in benefits; a four-person family with a monthly income less than $2,604 could receive $632 in benefits.
Active SNAP recipients that already received the maximum benefit amount for their unit size are not eligible for additional benefits. SNAP benefits must be used in 90 days.
Applications will be accepted from Dec. 11 to 13 and Dec. 16 to 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Disaster SNAP applications will be taken locally at the Grundy, LaSalle Family Community Resource Center, 1560 First Ave., Ottawa. Call 815-433-1572 for more information.