A Presidential Disaster Declaration for individual assistance have been issued for specific areas of Iowa that allow Iowa HHS to offer the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) for Iowans in specific counties impacted by the flooding that began on June 16, 2024.

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Qualifying Rules

D-SNAP uses different qualifying rules than regular SNAP. Those who may not normally qualify for SNAP, based on income, may qualify for D-SNAP. Persons who may be eligible for D-SNAP benefits include those who: 

  • Lived in one of the disaster counties, and
  • Had a storm-related loss, like: 
    • Loss of or no access to income due to the disaster, including reduced, terminated, or delayed receipt of income
    • Home or self-employment business repairs, including supplies paid for out of pocket and not reimbursed during the 30-day period of time
    • Temporary shelter expenses, and 
  • Qualify based on income and resources between June 16 – July 15,


  • Worked in one of the five disaster counties and experienced a loss of income due to the disaster, and
  • Qualify based on income and resources between June 16 -July 15.
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D-SNAP Frequently Asked Questions

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SNAP Recipients

SNAP recipients who received June 2024 SNAP benefits, lived or worked in the counties listed above and were affected can apply for D-SNAP benefits by completing SNAP Recipient Request for Disaster form which is available at the five locations and by calling 877-828-5648 on the dates and times listed.

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Those who are eligible to receive D-SNAP benefits will receive food dollars on an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card that is equivalent to the maximum allotment of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for their household size. D-SNAP benefits can be used for food purchases at any SNAP-authorized retailer, including farmers markets and certain online retailers. For a complete list of authorized retailers, see the USDA SNAP retailer locator 

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Hot Foods

Both SNAP and D-SNAP benefits be used to purchase hot foods at participating retailers through August 1, 2024, in the following counties:

Hot Foods counties
Buena VistaCalhounCherokeeClay
OsceolaPalo AltoPlymouthPocahontas
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Income and Expenses

A household’s net income, for their household size, cannot be more than the amounts listed below for the following 30-day period of time: June 16, 2024 - July 15, 2024.

Any disaster-related expenses paid out of pocket and not reimbursed during that 30-day period of time can be subtracted from the household’s net income to be eligible for D-SNAP benefits. 

Household SizeIncome Limit
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Buena Vista, Cherokee, O'Brien and Woodbury County Information

Persons who lived or worked in the following counties on June 16, had a storm-related loss, and qualify based on income and resources may be eligible to receive D-SNAP benefits. The application period for these counties ends on July 19, 2024:

  • Buena Vista
  • Cherokee
  • O'Brien
  • Woodbury

There are two ways to apply for D-SNAP if you lived or worked in one of the approved counties. Applications will be taken at the following days and times for both ways to apply:  

  • Monday, July 15: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, July 16: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, July 17: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, July 18: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
  • Friday, July 19: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   


Applications and interviews can be completed over the phone by calling 877-828-5648.

Applications and interviews are completed in-person at the following locations.

Please take proof of identity. You may need to provide proof of residence in the storm-affected area, income, and disaster-related expenses. 

Cherokee County

Cherokee Mental Health Institute

1251 W. Cedar Loop

Cherokee, IA 51012

Woodbury County

Trosper-Hoyt Co Services Building 

822 Douglas Street

Sioux City, IA 51101

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