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Food Assistance Information

Residents of counties that have been declared in a presidential disaster declaration may be eligible for the Disaster Food Assistance Program. There is a special application for the Disaster Food Assistance program and applications are only accepted for a limited time. Applications will be taken at the FEMA disaster site offices as they are set up, or residents may contact their local DHS offices to apply (click here for help finding the address). Note that some people who would not qualify for Food Assistance under the regular rules may qualify for Disaster Food Assistance. All households affected by the disaster are encouraged to apply.

If you currently receive Food Assistance you may qualify for Disaster Food Assistance benefits in addition to what you have already received.

To qualify a household must have experienced at least one of the following as a result of the disaster:

  • Loss of food.
  • Damage to, or destruction of the household's home.
  • Damage to, or destruction of a household member's self-employment business.
  • Disaster-related expenses not expected to be reimbursed during the disaster period.
  • Loss or inaccessibility of income.

If you live anywhere in Iowa and currently receive Food Assistance you can apply for assistance to replace destroyed or spoiled food. To apply, complete a Request for Replacement of Spoiled Food application and bring or mail it to your county’s DHS Office (click here for help finding the address). If you are unable to get to your local office you should call 1-877-YES-FOOD (1-877-937-3663) to apply.