Food, legal assistance available for storm victims

LITTLE ROCK — Faulkner County families who suffered losses in last month’s severe storms may be eligible for food assistance, the state Department of Human Services said Monday.

Also, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday that residents of Faulkner, Pulaski, Randolph and White counties may be eligible to receive free legal advice on matters related to the April 27 storms.

SNAP Disaster Assistance is for families who normally would not qualify for SNAP benefits but suddenly need food assistance because of a disaster. Benefits are provided via a debit-like card that can be used to purchase food at authorized retailers, DHS said.

The aid is available to Faulkner County residents who experienced at least one of the following: damage to or destruction of the home or self-employment business; loss or inaccessibility of income because of the disaster; or disaster-related expenses such as temporary housing that are not expected to be reimbursed during the period of disaster benefits.

SNAP mobile enrollment offices are in Conway, Mayflower and Vilonia. The deadline to apply is Sunday.

Disaster legal services are provided through a partnership between FEMA, the Arkansas Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Residents of the four counties that have been declared federal disaster areas can call 844-344-7904 to request a lawyer, FEMA said.