Flood food assistance available for 14 Illinois counties


Web Editor - Jay Marchmon

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Residents in 14 Illinois counties affected by the recent storms and flooding are now eligible for food assistance.

Governor Pat Quinn announced that the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) will offer immediate food assistance for southern Illinois flood victims beginning Friday, June 24.

The assistance is part of the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and to qualify, persons must have received damage to their home or business, have disaster-related expenses not reimbursed,  or have a loss or reduction of income or food as a result of the disaster between April 19 and May 18.

Applicants must bring proof of identity and show valid address of residence or job in a disaster area prior to the flooding; most benefits will be available within three days of the date of application, and benefits must be used within 90 days.

The applications are accepted Friday, June 24 through Thursday, June 30 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the following locations:


Alexander County -1401 Washington Ave., Cairo

Franklin County - 1602 N. Main St., Benton

Gallatin County - 320 E Raymond St., Harrisburg

Hardin County - 106 N. Market St., Golconda

Jackson County - 342 North St., Murphysboro

Lawrence County - RR 1 Box 418, Lawrenceville

Massac County - 2301 Metropolis St., Metropolis

Perry County - 120 South Town Shopping Center, DuQuoin

Pope County - 106 N. Market St., Golconda

Pulaski County - 422 S. Blanche St., Mounds

Randolph County - 870 Lehmenn Dr., Chester

Saline County - 320 E Raymond St., Harrisburg

White County - 1112 Oak St., Carmi

Williamson County - 1107 W. DeYoung, Suite 20, Marion