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Support and Assistance for Tornado Damage Recovery Updates

April 24: Residents in areas hit by last month’s devastating tornadoes may be eligible for SNAP Disaster Assistance (D-SNAP) under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, authorized by The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services.

D-SNAP extends benefits to many households that would not ordinarily qualify but suddenly need food assistance because of a disaster. Click here for full details.

April 13: Temporary lodging in hotels or motels is now available for eligible residents displaced from their homes by the March 31 tornadoes. Click here for more information, or click here to download a flier with full details.

April 11: Arkansas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in Cross, Lonoke, and Pulaski counties who were affected by March 31 tornadoes will have some temporary flexibilities pertaining to SNAP. SNAP recipients in these three counties will be able to purchase hot foods with SNAP benefits until April 30. Additionally, they will have more time to report their food loss because of power outages due to the tornadoes. Click here for more information.

April 11: USDA has also allowed Arkansas to distribute USDA Foods under Disaster Household Distribution (DHD), allowing access for households in these counties that would not normally qualify for food assistance. As a short-term response, income verification or other program eligibility are not required. Residents in Cross, Lonoke, and Pulaski counties can contact Arkansas Foodbank at 501-565-8121 or Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas at 870-932-3663. They can also call or email the DHS Commodity Distribution Office at 501-371-1400 or

April 3: Free counseling is currently available for both adults and children affected by the recent storms in Arkansas. Click here for full details and additional resources.

April 3: Visit for information on information on shelters, food, resources, and other ways to help.