The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved North Carolina’s request for a hot food exemption for food and nutrition service recipients in three western counties that suffered extensive damage due from Tropical Storm Fred.
This exemption allows food and nutrition service recipients in Buncombe, Haywood and Transylvania counties to purchase hot foods prepared for immediate consumption with their electronic benefit transfer card from the deli services of EBT authorized retailers. from September 16 to 30, 2021.
This does not include restaurants or other retailers not authorized by EBT.
“As North Carolina people recover from the damage caused by Tropical Strom Fred, being able to afford a hot meal for themselves and their families can be difficult but can make all the difference in keeping them healthy and going. forward, “said Tara Myers, deputy secretary of NCDHHS. for jobs, inclusion and economic stability.
NCDHHS requested the waiver to ensure that families who are unable to prepare food at home due to damage to homes or displacement still have access to hot meals. For more information, contact Haywood County Health and Human Services at 828-452-6620.
Free Legal Assistance Available Free legal assistance is available to residents of Haywood, Buncombe and Transylvania counties who were affected by Tropical Storm Fred.
Survivors facing disaster related issues who cannot afford a lawyer can call the Disaster Legal Helpline at 866-219-5262. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Extended hours Monday and Thursday are 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Request help online at legalaidnc.org/ get-help / self-help-library / disaster -soulagement.
The service is operated by Legal Aid of North Carolina, a statewide nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income people. Legal aid may be able to help survivors in the following ways:
• Clarification of the accession to property / property of heirs;
• Assist with benefit claims and appeal processes;
• Support victims of fraudulent contractors or help settle disputes with owners;
• Provide insurance policy assistance;
• and helping community groups that support long-term recovery.