PATERSON, NJ - Starting Wednesday, the Passaic County Board of Social Services will be taking applications for emergency food stamps from Patersonians impacted by the flood. The special aid will be available to people who normally don't qualify for food stamps, officials said.

There will be two walk-in distribution centers for the emergency food stamps - 60 Temple Street and  the Paterson Room at Passaic County Community College at One College Boulevard.

The centers will be open 4-8 pm through September 15.

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The disaster-related food stamps, issued under the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), are a one-time food benefit is available to eligible residents who experienced extreme material losses during Hurricane Irene or subsequent flooding, according to the state Department of Human Services.

 
 

Counties will begin processing applications over the next two weeks. Each county will establish temporary sites – in addition to its Social Service Offices - for people to request the D-SNAP subsidy.

Individuals and families currently not receiving SNAP benefits and whose storm-related expenses include damages beyond the loss of food due to power outages may be eligible. Officials have not said exactly what the income limit will be for the program.

Individuals and families in disaster-declared areas and already enrolled with SNAP will automatically receive a onetime supplemental benefit based upon a federal determination of areas that lost power for over four consecutive hours. They do not need to call or visit their County Welfare Agency.

The disaster-related SNAP application process eases requirements around documents necessary to apply and weighs disaster-related costs with available liquid resources when considering eligibility. Benefits are electronically applied to a card similar to a debit/credit card for the purchase of certain food items.