FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EMERGENCY FOOD STAMP PROGRAM ACTIVATED
WISE, VA. – Disaster assistance for Buchanan County has been expanded to include Emergency Food Stamps. The Virginia Department of Social Services received waivers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to issue the stamps to those whose homes or belongings were damaged or destroyed, or who lost income, food or money due to the floods.
Current food stamp recipients and others in the effected areas of Buchanan County can apply at the local Social Services office (Rt. 83 – Slate Creek). Applications for Emergency Food Stamps will be accepted May 13 thru May 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Transportation will be provided by Four County Transit; call (276) 963-1486 or 1-888-656-2272 if you need transportation. Citizens should monitor local radio stations WNRG and WMJD for transportation schedules.
Eligibility for emergency food stamps is based on available income minus non-reimbursed disaster-related expenses. Individuals applying for help need to provide proof of identity.
For additional information about applying for emergency food stamps, contact the Buchanan County Social Services Office (276) 935-8106.
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971