In Fayetteville, DSS now accepting disaster food benefit applications from Matthew victims

Flooding in Fayetteville during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. (CBS North Carolina File Photo)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – The Department of Social Services in Cumberland County began accepting applications Saturday for the Disaster Food and Nutrition benefits program.

The program is designed to authorize food stamp benefits for eligible households that are not currently receiving food and nutrition benefits and have experienced a loss as a result of Hurricane Matthew, officials say. Residents may qualify for one-month’s worth of assistance if their home was damaged or destroyed, if they have disaster related expenses, if they lost income, if they had food loss as a result of a power outage, or if they had household flooding.

Residents that currently receive food stamp benefits are not eligible for this program.

Applications for the program will be taken at the DSS building, 1225 Ramsey St., from October 22 through October 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Applications for residents who are age 60 and older and any individuals who are disabled with mobility issues will be taken at St. Luke AME Church located at 522 Hillsboro St.

All applicants will be asked to verify their identity.

Officials warn long wait times are possible. Applicants are encouraged to bring medications and other necessary items, including preparations for possible inclement weather, as the line will form outdoors.

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