The secretary of the United States department of agriculture (USDA), shall, after consultation with the official empowered to exercise the authority provided for by section 302 (a) of the Disaster Relief Act of 1974, as amended, establish temporary emergency standards of eligibility for the duration of the emergency for AGs who are victims of a disaster which disrupts commercial channels of food distribution, if such AGs are in need of temporary food assistance and if commercial channels of food distribution have again become available to meet the temporary food needs of such AGs. Such standards as are prescribed for individual emergencies may be promulgated without regard to section 4 (c) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 or the procedures set forth in section 553 of Title 5 of the United States Code, as amended. In addition to establishing temporary emergency standards of eligibility, the USDA secretary shall provide for emergency allotments to eligible AGs to replace food destroyed in a disaster. Such emergency allotments would be equal to the value of the food actually lost in such disaster by not greater than the applicable maximum monthly allotment for the AG size. The USDA secretary may also approve alternate methods for issuing benefits during a disaster when reliance on electronic benefits transfer (EBT) systems is impracticable.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/08/2008 and 01/01/2014
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 5101.54
Rule Amplifies: 329.04, 329.042, 5101.54
Prior Effective Dates: 8/1/92 (Emer.); 10/30/92; 5/1/97; 2/1/04