Agencies of USDA help in many ways in a disaster, but
perhaps the most immediate is to ensure that people have enough to eat.
There are many concerns following a storm, earthquake, civil
disturbance, flood or other disaster, but none is more important than
providing food in areas where people may find themselves suddenly, and
often critically, in need.
Within USDA, the
Nutrition Service (FNS) Disaster Team is responsible for providing
nutrition assistance for disaster-affected areas requiring a Federal
response. Through its Food Distribution Programs and Commodity
Procurement Programs, USDA assists in three ways:
Obtaining appropriate food supplies;
Arranging for transportation of those food supplies to the disaster
Authorizing Disaster SNAP benefits.
Policy Memo FD-098: FY
2010 Appropriations for
Human Pandemic Emergencies
for FDPIR, TEFAP, CSFP,
NSLP, CACFP, SFSP, NSIP,
Processig Program, CI, and
SC Programs, dated
November 5, 2009.