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Newsroom SRS Expands Disaster Food Assistance in 4 Counties
7/18/2007

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) has expanded disaster food assistance to residents of Allen, Cowley, Labette, and Linn Counties. Currently 8,197 individuals receive food assistance in those counties. It is estimated that 925 additional residents will need assistance following the flooding.


“Disaster food assistance helps individuals meet their most basic needs immediately following a disaster and helps people get back on their feet,” said Governor Sebelius. “I encourage residents who need help to apply for assistance right away.”


Applications will be accepted for seven business days, beginning Wednesday, July 18th through Thursday, July 26th. Individuals who lived in the approved counties or those who worked in the disaster areas and have lost wages are eligible. Benefits will be issued on a debit card that will be activated upon approval. In most cases this can be done within 24 hours. 


Households in Allen, Cowley, Labette and Linn affected by the flooding that received food assistance benefits at the time of the disaster are eligible to receive individual supplements that raise their July allotment to the maximum for their household size. Households must contact the SRS office and file an affidavit attesting that they have lost income or incurred disaster-related expenses.


Only counties that have received Presidential disaster declarations for individual assistance qualify for disaster food assistance. Counties previously determined eligible for disaster food assistance include Elk, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho and Wilson Counties. The application period has been extended for these counties through Thursday, July 26th. 


Residents of Allen, Cowley, Labette, Linn, Elk, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho and Wilson as well as Anderson, Bourbon, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Franklin, Osage, and Woodson are eligible for the replacement of food assistance benefits.


SRS will issue replacement of food assistance benefits to cover the loss of food from the flooding. Individuals must apply by July 21st and complete an affidavit of food loss to receive replacement benefits. 


“SRS will do whatever we can do to ensure Kansans have access to services,” said SRS Secretary Don Jordan. “We have staff across the state ready to help.” 


Individuals can receive more information and apply for services at the disaster recovery centers, Red Cross emergency shelters, or at any SRS office. For more information call toll-free 1-888-369-4777.