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Disaster food assistance available in 18 counties impacted by tornadoes

For release: Immediate    Apr. 29, 2011
Contact: Brad Deen, (919) 733-9190

RALEIGH — Starting today, food assistance is available to victims in counties hardest hit by the April 16 tornadoes.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, to provide temporary food assistance to individuals in 18 counties whose homes were damaged or destroyed, or who have disaster-related expenses from loss of income or loss of food due to power outages.

“Our staff has been working diligently with local departments of social services in the affected counties to ensure that those who suffered from these devastating storms are able to apply for assistance,” said DHHS Secretary Lanier Cansler. “Hopefully, eligible families will have the burden of recovery eased by getting this help.”

The Food and Nutrition Services program (formerly known as Food Stamps) is open to individuals not normally eligible for benefits in the following counties: Bertie, Bladen, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Onslow, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Wake and Wilson.

Residents of the affected areas of these counties who are not currently receiving food assistance benefits may qualify for a one-month period. Eligibility is based on available income and resources.

Food and Nutrition Services recipients who live in one of the affected counties and who suffered a food loss, damage to their home or self-employment property or loss of wages as a result of the April 16 storms must contact their county in person no later than May 6, 2011, for replacement of benefits unless they have already done so.

Those applying for assistance benefits will be asked to provide proof of identity along with proof of residency, such as a utility bill, and the Social Security numbers and dates of birth for all members of their household. Applicants should apply in the county where they reside.

Application sites will operate for five days at the following county locations:

Location Service Dates Hours of Operation
Bertie County
Bertie County DSS
110 Jasper Bazemore Ave.
Windsor, NC 27983
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Bladen County
Spaulding-Monroe Alumni Asso.
508 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Bladenboro, NC 28320

Ammon Comm. Building
13129 Hwy 242 North
Elizabethtown, NC 28337

Powell-Melvin Center
450 Smith Circle Dr.
Elizabethtown, NC 28337
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Craven County
Craven County DSS
2818 Neuse Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28561
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cumberland County
Cumberland County DSS
1225 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Currituck County
Currituck County DSS
2793 Caratoke Highway
Currituck, NC 27929
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Greene County
Greene County DSS
227 Kingold Blvd.
Snow Hill, NC 28580
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Halifax County
Halifax County DSS
4421 Highway 301
Halifax, NC 27839
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Harnett County
Harnett County DSS
311 Cornelius Harnett Blvd.
Lillington, NC 27546

Old Godwin Feed Store
17365 U.S. Highway 421 South
Dune, NC 28334
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hertford County
NC Coop Extension Office
301 Tryon Street
Winton, NC 27986
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Hoke County
Hoke County DSS
316 S. Magnolia Street
Raeford, NC 28376
4/29/11 - 4/30/11
5/01/11 - 5/03/11
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Johnston County
Johnston County DSS
714 North Street
Smithfield, NC 27577
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lee County
Lee County DSS
530 Carthage Street
Sanford, NC 27330

McSwain Agriculture Center
2420 Tramway Road
Sanford, NC 27332
4/29/11
5/02/11
5/03/11

4/30/11
5/01/11
8:00 am - 5:00 pm



8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Onslow County
Onslow County DSS
Emergency Assistance Building
New River Shopping Center
1249 C Hargett Street
Jacksonville, NC 28540
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Pitt County
Farmville Community Center
3886 S. Main Street
Farmville, NC 27828
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Robeson County
Robeson County DSS
120 Glen Cowan Road
Lumberton, NC 28360
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 8:15 am - 5:15 pm
Sampson County
Sampson Co. Dept. of Aging
405 County Complex Road
Clinton, NC 28328
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wake County
Chavis Community Center
505 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27601
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wilson County
Old Hubert Vester Building
900 US 301 N.
Wilson, NC 27893
4/29/11 - 5/03/11 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

 

 

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