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Georgia Disaster-Designated Counties Approved for Disaster Food Assistance

May 10, 2011

ATLANTA– The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to operate a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). This program is designed to provide food stamp benefits to people who might not ordinarily qualify for the food stamp program.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) federally approved 25 counties that were impacted by the severe weather on April 27th for individual assistance. Those counties are Bartow, Catoosa, Cherokee, Coweta, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Greene, Habersham, Harris, Heard, Lamar, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Spalding, Troup, Upson, Walker and White.

To qualify for D-SNAP benefits, residents must apply in person or have an authorized representative apply for them. Applicants must have:

  • Disaster damage to their homes;
  • Loss of food;
  • Expenses related to protecting their homes; or
  • Lost income as a result of the disaster AND meet income and liquid asset (cash or money in the bank) eligibility.

Individuals/families must have been a resident of or worked in one of these 25 counties on April 27, 2011 to apply for assistance.

Individuals and families applying for the D-SNAP must submit some form of identification, such as a photo ID or documents that contain your name and/or address to verify identity and residence in the disaster-designated county. However, if a person does not have identifying documents due to storm damage, they can bring someone to verify their identity.

Individuals/families that qualify will receive a one-time benefit based on household size. After completing the application, qualified individuals and families will be issued an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Benefits can be accessed using the EBT card after they are posted to the account. Benefits will be available within four (4) days after the application is filed.

Current food stamp recipients in nine counties, Catoosa, Walker, Dade, Gordon (zip codes 30746 and 30733), Polk, Morgan, Rabun, Bartow (zip codes 30145, 30171, 30123, 30103) and Floyd will receive supplemental benefits to replace 25% of April benefits. They will also receive additional May benefits up to the maximum allotment for their household size. Recipients should receive these additional benefits within the next seven to 10 days. Food Stamp households in the remaining 16 counties may request replacements and supplemental food benefits by contacting their local DFCS office.

Individuals can call 1-866-371-8222 for additional information.

The D-SNAP program will run in the following counties and locations from Thursday May 12 through Thursday May 19th including Saturday, May 14th. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Catoosa County
Catoosa Hall
7658 Nashville Street
Ringgold, GA 30736

Dade County
Calvary Baptist Church
13056 N Main St
Trenton, GA 30752

Walker County
Walker County Ag Center
10058 North Highway 27
Rock Spring, GA 30739

Rabun County
Rabun County DFCS
128 Hiawassee St
Clayton, GA 30525

Bartow County
Clarence Brown Conference Center
5450 Hwy 20
Cartersville, GA 30120

Floyd County
302 West 3rd St
Rome, GA 30161

Gordon County
Gordon County DFCS
619 Mauldin Road
Calhoun, GA 30701

Polk County
Polk County EMA/Fire Dept (DRC)
55 Cline Ingram Jackson Rd
Cedartown, GA 30125

Morgan County
Morgan County DFCS
2005 Main St, Suite 89
Madison, GA 30650

The D-SNAP program will run in the following counties at their local DFCS office from Tuesday May 17th through Thursday May 19th. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Cherokee County DFCS
105 Lamar Haley Parkway
Canton, GA 30169

Coweta County DFCS
533 Highway 29 North
Newnan, GA 30263-4735

Greene County DFCS
1951 S. Main Street
Greensboro, GA 30642

Habersham County DFCS
1045 Hollywood Highway
Clarkesville, GA 30523-0160

Harris County DFCS
134 North College Street
Hamilton, GA 31811-0285

Heard County DFCS
1188 Franklin Parkway
Franklin, GA 30217

Lamar County DFCS
122 Westgate Plaza
Barnesville, GA 30204-0970

Lumpkin County DFCS
175 Tipton Drive
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Meriwether County DFCS
17234 Roosevelt Highway
Greenville, GA 30222-9599

Morgan County DFCS
2005 S. Main Street, Suite 100
Madison, GA 30650

Newton County DFCS
4117 Mill Street
Covington, GA 30014

Rabun County DFCS
Hiawassee Street
Clayton, GA 30525-0787

Spalding County DFCS
411 East Solomon Street
Griffin, GA 30223-0039

Troup County DFCS
1220 Hogansville Road
LaGrange, GA 30241-4631

Upson County DFCS
711 North Bethel Street
Thomaston, GA 30286-3103

White County DFCS
1241 Helen Highway, Suite 200
Cleveland, GA 30528-6938


Media Contact: Ravae Graham
404-657-1384