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DHS news release

Dec. 18, 2007


Contact: Greg Parker


Polk added to counties eligible for emergency food stamp program




Effective today, a total of five counties affected by the December flood disaster will be able to apply for emergency Food Stamp Disaster Assistance Program.


Today, Polk County was added to the list of eligible counties, which previously included Yamhill, Clatsop, Tillamook, and Columbia.


If you live or work in one of the affected counties and currently receive food stamps, you may be eligible to receive a supplement to your December food stamps.


If you live or work in one of the affected counties and do not currently receive food stamps, you can apply for the Disaster Food Stamp Program. Only individuals who lived or worked in one of the affected areas and experienced damage to their property resulting in disaster-related expenses or have a loss of job or income will receive Disaster Food Stamp Program benefits.


Residents can apply for benefits in the Department of Human Services office nearest them.


For information on eligibility, office locations and how to apply, call Oregon SafeNet toll-free at 1-800-SAFENET (1-800-723-3638).


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