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Greensburg - In an effort to help Kansans recover from the effects of the tornado that hit Greensburg and Kiowa County on May 4th, the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) is offering emergency food stamps as well as replacement of food purchased with food stamp benefits. 

"We're going to help our neighbors in Greensburg and the surrounding communities get back on their feet," Sebelius said. 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the state’s request late Tuesday afternoon to issue replacement food stamp benefits. SRS will automatically replace food stamp benefits used May 1-May 4. A supplement, up to the maximum benefit for the household, will also be issued for all food stamp recipients residing in Greensburg. 

Of the 189 current food stamp recipients living in Kiowa County, approximately 80% lived in Greensburg. There are another 1,311 persons who could potentially be new applicants in need of emergency food stamps. Individuals who lived or worked in Greensburg and are in need of assistance are encouraged to apply for emergency food stamps within 14 days of May 9th.  

“During times of disaster, SRS strives to respond in a timely manner to ensure everyone's needs are met,” SRS Secretary Don Jordan said. “SRS will provide continued support to Greensburg and Kiowa County throughout the recovery process.” 

Individuals can receive more information and apply for emergency food stamp benefits at the Disaster Recovery Center located in Haviland, the Mullinville shelter, or at any SRS office. For more information call toll-free 1-888-369-4777.