FAA6.G Disaster Nutrition Assistance Program (DNAP) : 01 Disaster Nutrition Assistance Program - Overview
01 Disaster Nutrition Assistance Program - Overview
In the event of a disaster, Arizona may choose to issue emergency Nutrition Assistance (NA) benefits using any of the following:
The regular Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP)
A modified NAP
A Disaster Nutrition Assistance Program (DNAP)
NOTE To operate a Disaster Nutrition Assistance Program (DNAP), the President must declare a Major Disaster with Individual Assistance. When a disaster is not presidentially declared, FNS may still provide very limited disaster assistance.
The regular NAP may be used when all of the following occur:
Minimal damage has occurred
Benefits can be issued using current policy and procedures
FAA can keep up with the increase in applications for benefits
A modified NA program may be implemented when all of the following occur:
The affected area is limited
Participants are able to meet most of the NA eligibility requirements
Waivers can be requested to address the needs of a portion of the population
The DNAP is implemented when both of the following occur:
An area is declared a disaster by the President of the United States (using Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Disaster Assistance Act of 1988 criteria) or commercial channels of food distribution were disrupted and have since been restored (using Food Stamp Act of 1977, as amended, criteria)
The state is not able to handle the expected increase in applications for benefits
NOTE An abbreviated application is used. Eligibility and verification requirements are limited. Applicants may be eligible who would not otherwise be eligible for the regular NA program.
As with the regular NA program, when determining eligibility in a disaster situation, any questionable or unusual situations must be explored, resolved, and documented.
The USDA FNS approves Arizona's request to implement a DNAP.
FNS provides food assistance in the following ways:
Food for shelters and other mass feeding sites
Food for distribution directly to budgetary units in need (Disaster distribution of USDA foods)
Disaster NA benefits (DNAP benefits)
NOTE Budgetary units that receive disaster distribution of USDA foods are not eligible for DNAP benefits.
The DNAP is a completely different program from the regular NA program. The usual NA program eligibility, verification, and benefit calculation do not apply. For the budgetary unit to be eligible for the DNAP, the following requirements apply:
Disaster status
Verification of identity
Verification of residency in the disaster area, when possible
Net income received during the disaster benefit period
Accessible liquid resources (cash, checking accounts, savings accounts)
Meets the disaster monthly income standard
NOTE Applicants currently disqualified from participation in the NA program are potentially eligible for the DNAP.
The DNAP supports Arizona's State Emergency Preparedness Plan. DES coordinates all efforts with the Arizona Department of Emergency Management, Arizona's lead agency in disaster situations.
Policy and procedures regarding the DNAP are outlined as follows: