Food Assistance Available for Derecho Victims in 5 Central Iowa Counties

DES MOINES, Iowa – Assistance for food is now available for residents in five counties hurt by last month’s derecho storm.

Beginning Tuesday, people in Polk, Story, Jasper, Boone and Poweshiek, could be eligible to receive benefits for purchasing food through the federal Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dollars (D-SNAP).

Residents harmed by the derecho and following power outages can apply in-person for the aid over the next several days. Current Food Assistance recipients are not eligible to receive D-SNAP benefits.

Locations and times to apply are listed below:

Tuesday, 9/15 – Saturday, 9/19 8 am – 4:30 pm

Boone: Boone County Fairgrounds, Commercial Exhibits Building, 1601 Industrial Park Road, Boone, IA 50036

Jasper: Iowa Speedway, Newton Club, 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive, Newton, IA 50208

Poweshiek: Eagles Club, 616 4th Avenue, Grinnell, IA 50112

Story: Research Park Building 2, Iowa State University, 2625 North Loop Drive, Ames, IA 50010

Tuesday, 9/15 – Saturday, 9/19 9 am – 7:00 pm

Sunday, 9/20 9 am – 4:30 pm

Polk: Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, 855 5th Ave, North Entrance, Des Moines, IA 50309

To keep wait times to a minimum, DHS is asking applicants to apply at the site in their county of residence and to follow the schedule below based on the first letter of last names. However, persons may apply at any time during the D-SNAP application period.

Dates and Alphabetic breakdown:

  • September 15, 2020
  • A – D
  • September 16, 2020
  • E – I
  • September 17, 2020
  • J – O
  • September 18, 2020
  • P – S
  • September 19, 2020
  • T - Z
  • September 20, 2020
  • OPEN (Polk County Only)

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