The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offered food assistance in 33 counties June 17 to 21 to people impacted by April flooding. The USDA's Food and Nutrition Services and Governor Pat Quinn authorized IDHS to offer special Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to residents in those counties declared federal disaster areas as a result of flooding in April.
The Disaster SNAP benefits were offered to residents of specific areas of Cook County and 32 other Illinois counties. Through four days of taking applications IDHS had served as many as 60,000 people and projected a total of up to 75,000 people would receive the benefits. Some applicants camped out overnight and stood in line for hours to receive assistance. Many IDHS staff worked diligently to ensure that the program was a success. The department was aided by several other state, county and local organizations.
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