Resource | Policy Memos
D-SNAP State Workgroup Recommendations

In Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) served nearly 6 million households through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). As disaster responses have grown in size and scale in recent years, it is essential that FNS proactively review the D-SNAP Guidance to ensure program integrity remains high while also safeguarding the opportunity to participate for income eligible households.

To complete that review, the FNS Southwest Regional Office convened a State Workgroup comprised of seven state agencies with recent disaster experience to discuss concerns and best practices regarding D-SNAP implementation, program integrity, and program access. State representatives from across the country met with FNS leadership to review current statues, regulatory provisions, and policy guidance concerning D-SNAP, and to provide recommendations to FNS on how to improve the program at state and federal levels.

Resource | Fact Sheets
FNS-101: Disaster Assistance

FNS plays a vital role in providing supplemental nutrition assistance when disasters occur by coordinating with State, local, and voluntary organizations to: (1) provide food for shelters and other mass feeding sites, (2) distribute food packages directly to households in specific situations, (3) offer flexibility in nutrition assistance programs’ design and administration to continue providing benefits to participants in need, and (4) approve eligible States’ requests to operate a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

Resource | Fact Sheets
Infant Formula and Food Provided to Disaster Survivors

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is committed to ensuring those impacted by a disaster or emergency have food to eat, including infants and young children. In the event of a Presidential Disaster Declaration, FNS can procure and provide an emergency supply of infant formula and food to supplement a State’s or Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster feeding efforts.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Disaster Preparedness: The Role of USDA Foods in Disasters

In this webinar, we discuss what actions you can take and the resources available to be better prepared for a disaster when utilizing USDA Foods.

Resource | Fact Sheets
Fact Sheet: USDA Programs that Assist Individuals and Small Businesses

USDA’s authority to provide emergency assistance for its various disaster relief programs exists under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), Agriculture Secretary disaster designations, Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as well as other authorizing legislation. These authorities are identified in the various USDA program descriptions.

Resource | Fact Sheets
USDA Programs That Assist Individuals and Small Business

USDA’s authority to provide emergency assistance for its various disaster relief programs exists under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), Agriculture Secretary disaster designations, Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as well as other authorizing legislation. These authorities are identified in the various USDA program descriptions.

Resource | Handbooks
Guide to Coordinating WIC Services During Disaster

This guidance contains information to help WIC State agencies plan for meeting the needs of WIC participants and potential, newly-eligible WIC applicants prior to and during a disaster response. It can also be used to plan for continued WIC operations during emergencies or other situations of distress. The information is designed to assist Headquarters and Regional Office staff, as well as WIC State and local agency staff in their development of an executable WIC disaster plan.

Resource | Fact Sheets
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)

Through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), FNS is able to quickly offer short-term food assistance benefits to families suffering in the wake of a disaster.

Resource | Fact Sheets
USDA Foods During Disaster

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) supplies USDA Foods to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army for congregate feeding or househole distribution.

Resource | Fact Sheets
Child Nutrition Programs During Disaster

Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, can be devastating to communities and require a quick response. Schools, child care centers, and summer sites that operate the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs (SBP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), or the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) can help minimize disruptions to your family.