More assistance coming for Pike County flood victims

Governor Steve Beshear announced Tuesday that families in Pike County who were affected by recent flooding may receive help from a federal disaster assistance program.

Gov. Beshear said that Kentucky has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Nutrition Service to operate a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to provide additional resources to purchase food in Pike County for residents who were affected by recent flooding and mudslides.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Community Based Services provides food benefits by administering SNAP, formerly known as the food stamps program, in county offices across the state.

The federal waivers and assistance from the disaster SNAP funding will benefit both families who are already receiving food benefits and those who do not qualify for food benefits under the regular program.

The Disaster SNAP program will target those most affected by the flooding, specifically those who reside in or whose employment was affected in the following zip codes: 41501, 41502, 41522, 41539 and 41557.

The application period is Aug. 4-11.

Applicants must bring proper identification and verification of residency. It is also recommended that applicants bring proof of Social Security numbers for all household members, take-home income, accessible resources, like savings and cash on hand, and statements to verify disaster-related expenses.

Locations in Pikeville are:

─ Pikeville College Athletic Center, 100 Bank St.: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Aug. 4, 5 and 6

─ Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center, 126 Main St.: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 7

─ Department for Community Based Services local office, 295 Hambley Blvd.: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 7; and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 9, 10 and 11.

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