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Here's How You Can Help Hurricane Irma Victims Regain Food Security - Food News

Here's How You Can Help Hurricane Irma Victims Regain Food Security - Food News
From The Kitchn - September 13, 2017

Hurricane Irma has taken a toll on regions impacted by the storm, with flooding, power outages, powerful winds, and food shortages. The latter is an especially difficult situation for survivors, as most sources of foodmarkets, restaurants, and convenience storesare without power and access to fresh ingredients.

As for supermarkets, they are either destroyed or have empty shelves. Many supermarkets are closed while affected regions like Florida recover from the natural disaster, reports CNBC. Perishable ingredients (say, milk and eggs) are expected to be delayed in their arrival.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (the USDA) has changed some rules to help those who are food insecure. They have permitted food stamp usersthose in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)in Florida and Texas to use their stamps to buy ready-to-eat meals. This special benefit will be available to those living in Florida and Texas until the end of September.

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