The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) has
expanded disaster food assistance to residents of Anderson, Bourbon, Butler,
Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Franklin, Greenwood, Osage, and Woodson
Counties. Currently 17,520 individuals receive food assistance in those
counties. It is estimated that 500 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
Applications will be accepted for seven business days, beginning Wednesday,
July 25th through Thursday, August 2nd. 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 Anderson, Bourbon, Butler Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey,
Crawford, Franklin, Greenwood, Osage, and Woodson Counties 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
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 Allen, Cowley, Elk,
Labette, Linn, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho and Wilson Counties. The application
period for these counties ends Thursday, July 26th.
“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.