Additional federal relief aid was approved for Butte County residents in the form of food assistance. The US Department of Agriculture issued the following statement:
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) approves California's request to operate D-SNAP (Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) in Butte County in response to the impact of the "Camp Fire" wildfire which began on November 8, 2018. President Donald J. Trump issued a major disaster declaration and subsequent amendments designating this area as eligible for Federal individual assistance.
What Is Disaster CalFresh?
Disaster CalFresh (D-CalFresh), federally known as the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), is a way to meet the temporary nutritional needs of disaster victims within a 30-day period, following a natural disaster such as a flood, fire, earthquake or any other natural disaster. D-CalFresh provides a month's worth of benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card which can be used to purchase food at authorized retail stores. Butte County meets all of the requirements below so we have the green light for D-SNAP assistance through D-CalFresh.
- A Presidential Declaration for Individual Assistance has been declared in the affected area;
- Commercial channels of food distribution have been disrupted and those commercial channels have been restored; and
- The State of California has been approved to operate a D-CalFresh program.
Butte County will accept D-CalFresh applications in Butte County for 7 non-consecutive days, beginning Wednesday, December 12, through Thursday, December 20, with no operations on Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16, 2018. Hours of operation will be from 7:30 am - 5:00 pm.
You can apply for D-CalFresh benefits at the Employment and Social Services offices listed below. Please note, you have to apply in-person on the dates and times listed above.
Chico - Butte Community Employment Center
2445 Carmichael Drive
Chico, CA 95928
Oroville - Butte Community Employment Center
78 Table Mountain Blvd
Oroville, CA 95965
D-CalFresh applicants must apply in person and meet eligibility requirements based on household's income, resources, disaster expenses, and other circumstances from November 8, through December 7, 2018. Eligible households will be issued the maximum allotment based on household size according to FNS' Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Disaster Gross Income Limits.
- Only households that resided or worked in the approved areas may be eligible
- Household composition as it existed on November 8, 2018, will be used in determining eligibility
- Households that experienced food loss as their only disaster expense may be eligible.
- If a household has received or expects to receive reimbursement for disaster-related expenses during the benefit period, only the net amount of expenses paid or anticipated to be paid shall be deducted.
- Verification requirements of FNS' D-SNAP will be adhered to, including:
Mandatory verification of identity.
Where possible, verification of residency and loss of income or inaccessibility of resources.
If questionable, verification of household composition and food loss.
- Benefits will be issued to eligible households that apply at a D-SNAP site within 72 hours, however it may take up to 7 days to process D-SNAP applications when further verification is required.
Ongoing SNAP Households
Based on the data provided, Butte County will issue automatic supplements to all ongoing SNAP households in 8 approved zip codes, which experienced either a power outage of more than 4 hours, mandatory evacuations, or both, in November 2018. These include: 95916, 95928, 95942, 95954, 95965, 95966, 95969, 95978. Ongoing SNAP households that lived or worked outside of these zip codes may request disaster supplements on an individual basis via a signed affidavit attesting to their disaster losses. Ongoing SNAP households already receiving the maximum monthly SNAP allotment for their household size are not eligible for disaster supplements.