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USDA Approves D-SNAP For New Mexico In Light of Recent Wildfires
On June 13th, 2022, the USDA announced the approval of D-SNAP for the following New Mexico counties:
- San Miguel
Residents living in one of the counties could be eligible to receive SNAP while recovering from the devastation of recent wildfires.
A few things to know about D-SNAP:
- To be eligible, you must live in a qualified disaster area and meet D-SNAP eligibility requirements
- You may be eligible for D-SNAP even if you aren’t eligible for SNAP, so if you meet the D-SNAP requirements, don’t hesitate to apply
- Households that are approved will receive one month of benefits to be used at SNAP retailers
- New Mexico must ensure there are resources and staffing in place to support D-SNAP and provide accurate information to the public
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack emphasized that “USDA stands with our neighbors in New Mexico to provide vital food assistance and relief as they navigate the aftermath of the wildfires, because we recognize that the crisis doesn’t end when the smoke clears.” He also encouraged families to apply for D-SNAP even if they have not been SNAP eligible in the past, as long as a household has qualifying disaster-related expenses and meets the disaster income limits.
Additional USDA support measures include:
- Approving a waiver to allow SNAP participants to buy hot foods and hot food products prepared for immediate consumption with their benefits at authorized SNAP retailers statewide through June 13, 2022
- Approving timely reporting waiver for four counties (Colfax, Mora, San Miguel and Taos) through June 10, 2022, allowing affected residents more time to notify the state of food lost as a result of the wildfires
Individuals seeking more information about this and other available aid, can dial 2-1-1 or contact New Mexico’s Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management at 505-476-9600. For more information about New Mexico SNAP, visit New Mexico’s Health Services Department