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Food assistance for flood victims

PRINCETON — Bureau County residents may be able to get food assistance due to the hardships caused by the heavy rains and flooding earlier this spring.

On Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn announced the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) will offer immediate food assistance for the 33 counties impacted by April flooding. Bureau County is one of those 33 counties.

Quinn said the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services has authorized IDHS offices to offer special Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to residents in those counties declared federal disaster areas as a result of flooding in April.

"I have taken every step necessary to ensure that families across the state have the resources they need to recover from these historic floods,” Quinn said. “We have gained federal aid for individuals, businesses and governments, but we must also ensure our residents are getting life’s daily necessities, including access to food. This assistance will provide all those affected by the flooding with extra benefits to buy groceries and take care of their families.”

People must apply in person at their designated Disaster SNAP office for their county of residence and complete a paper application, Quinn said.

Locally, the Family Community Resource Center for Bureau County is located at 225 Backbone Road East, No. 2, Princeton and has an 815-875-1134 telephone number.

Applications will be accepted at the local office through Friday. Hours for the application process are 7:30 to 4 p.m. today, Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Appointments are not needed.

To qualify for Disaster SNAP assistance, persons must have had damage to their home or business, paid disaster-related expenses that were not reimbursed, or have a loss or reduction of income as a result of the disaster during the period of April 16 and May 15. Applicants must bring proof of identity, proof of residence in a disaster area prior to the disaster, and any non-reimbursed disaster expenses paid during the April 16-May 15 time period.

More information on the local program is available by contacting the Princeton FCRC office.

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