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Join USDA in Helping those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Wayne Maloney, Office of Communications in Conservation Food and Nutrition Rural
Feb 21, 2017
U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Division Supervisor Jerry Hoffman meets with New York City Park officials about clearing Forest Park in Queens, NY of hazardous downed trees to make it safe for residents in the area on Nov. 4, 2012.
U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Division Supervisor Jerry Hoffman meets with New York City Park officials about clearing Forest Park in Queens, NY of hazardous downed trees to make it safe for residents in the area on Nov. 4, 2012.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we want to share valuable information about Federal relief efforts and resources to help those impacted in the Northeast. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is coordinating with States and partner organizations to provide disaster nutrition assistance to individuals in 14 states affected by Hurricane Sandy.

To aid those impacted by Hurricane Sandy, our Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has provided USDA foods to state agencies for distribution to shelters and other mass feeding sites. Depending on the state, FNS has approved waivers that allow state agencies to provide replacement benefits to affected SNAP recipients and extend the time SNAP recipients have to report loss of food purchased with their benefits. For additional information on the assistance provided by FNS, please click here. Other USDA agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service and USDA Rural Development are also providing assistance.

Please visit www.usa.gov/sandy for the latest Hurricane Sandy Response information and resources available from government agencies, including how to apply with the FEMA for disaster assistance.

For more information on how you can help via volunteering or donations, please visit www.serve.gov/sandy. The American Red Cross is also accepting donations to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. To learn more or to donate go to: https://american.redcross.org/

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