USDA Approves SNAP Hot Food Waiver for California Counties Affected by Wildfires | Herald of the Sun of Colusa


The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week approved a temporary waiver that will allow participants in the USDA / CalFresh Supplemental Nutritional Assistance program in nine California counties to purchase hot foods with their benefits until the 28th. October.

Hot foods cannot be purchased using SNAP benefits under normal circumstances, according to a statement released by the ministry, but SNAP authorized retailers have been notified of the waiver approval at this time.

“The USDA has stressed the importance of the waiver, noting that many California residents evacuated to shelters cannot store food and therefore do not have access to cooking facilities,” he said in the press release.

The waiver is effective immediately and applies to the counties of Glenn, Tehama, Trinity, Butte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Plumas, Shasta and Siskiyou.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is prepared to consider additional waivers that may be needed to help program participants who lost food due to the disaster, and to streamline the process of request for affected households, at the request of California. Department of Social Services.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is leveraging its 15 nutrition assistance programs to ensure that children, low-income people, and families have the opportunity for a better future through equitable access to safe, wholesome and nutritious food, while building a more resilient environment. food system, ”the statement read. “Under the leadership of Secretary Tom Vilsack, the SNSF is fighting to end food and nutrition insecurity for all through programs such as SNAP, school meals and WIC. FNS also provides science-based nutritional recommendations through the co-development of the Diet Guidelines for Americans.

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