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James City County Hurricane Recovery Update - USDA to issue Emergency Food Stamps in JCC

N E W S R E L E A S E

September 26, 2003, 4:15 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: James City County Emergency Operations Center - Veda McMullen, EOC PIO
(Emergency Operations Center/Public Information Office)

Phone: (757) 564-2154 PIO Desk ---- (757) 566-4315 Citizen Inquiry Line

 

The U. S. Department of Agriculture has approved the issuance of disaster food stamps for hurricane victims in James City County.

 

James City County residents can begin applying for disaster food stamps on Monday, September, 29, 2003, at the James City County Division of Social Services, 5249 Olde Towne Road, Williamsburg. Applications for the Disaster Food Stamp Program will be received from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, September 29 through Tuesday, October 7. County residents who are not usually eligible for food stamps may qualify temporarily if their home or belongings were damaged or destroyed and they have disaster-related expenses or if they have lost income as a result of the hurricane. Eligibility is based on available income less disaster-related expenses. For a family of four with an income of $2,010 or less, the food stamp allotment would be $465.

 

Those applying for help need to bring identification, which could be a driver's license, school or work ID, birth certificate or other identification. Also, proof of residence, such as utility bills or tax statements, should be brought if possible.

 

County residents who are already receiving food stamps will automatically receive a half-month benefit in their EBT account, if they have not already received benefits to replace lost food, by signing an affidavit at the James City County Division of Services. For more information, please call (757) 259-3233.

 

State and federal officials are committed to providing benefits to all eligible households. Anti-fraud staff will be on-site to make sure only eligible households received food stamp benefits.

 

For more information, contact Anna Hockaday, JCC Social Services Administrative Services Coordinator at 757-259-3128 or E-Mail: ahockaday@james-city.va.us.

 

 

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