The Resource Federal food assistance in disasters : hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Joe Richardson

Federal food assistance in disasters : hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Joe Richardson

Label
Federal food assistance in disasters : hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Title
Federal food assistance in disasters
Title remainder
hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Statement of responsibility
Joe Richardson
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Food Stamp program, child nutrition programs, and federally donated food commodities delivered through relief organizations provide major support in disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Existing laws authorize the Agriculture Department to change eligibility and benefit rules to facilitate emergency aid, and, in the short term, funding and federally provided food commodities are available without the need for additional appropriations. With regard to the Katrina and Rita hurricanes, numerous food assistance program rules were waived -- e.g., granting one to three months of food stamp benefits to affected households, authorizing free school meals to affected children, and greatly easing eligibility documentation requirements. However, Congress faced a number of issues with regard to the longer term -- e.g., who should pay for extra administrative costs, whether to extend the application of disaster rules beyond one to three months, costs associated with replenishing commodity stocks used to help hurricane victims, additional funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (the WIC program) in affected areas, how to deal with those made temporarily eligible (like some noncitizens normally barred from participation in food stamps), and whether to increase normal benefits and further loosen eligibility rules for those affected. Several bills were introduced in response to the hurricanes (S. 1695 and H.R. 3809 were the most prominent). They were intended to expand on the steps already taken by the Administration. For example, they would have lengthened the period during which disaster rules apply, further eased eligibility and benefit rules for food stamps, and mandated extra money to support the distribution of food commodities and the WIC program. But in the end, no significant action was taken, other than (1) small one-time increases in appropriations (totaling to $10 million) to replenish some commodity stocks used for hurricane-relief purposes and pay for commodity distribution costs, and (2) a $120 million transfer of funding from food stamp appropriations to support extra child nutrition costs. This version is the final report on food assistance related to the 2005 hurricanes, and will not be updated
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AD#
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1945-2016
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Richardson, Joe
Government publication
federal national government publication
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
QC945
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Library of Congress
Series statement
CRS report for Congress
Series volume
RL33102
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  • Hurricane Katrina (2005)
  • Hurricane Rita (2005)
  • Hurricane Katrina, 2005
  • Hurricane Rita, 2005
  • Disaster relief
  • Budget
  • Food relief
  • Food relief
  • Budget
  • Disaster relief
  • Food relief
  • Food relief
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Federal food assistance in disasters : hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Joe Richardson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "Order Code RL33102."
  • "February 23, 2006."
  • Updates can be received through CRS Web
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Form of item
online
Issuing body
CRS Web.
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)64686056
  • (OCoLC)ocm64686056
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobate Reader
Label
Federal food assistance in disasters : hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Joe Richardson
Publication
Note
  • "Order Code RL33102."
  • "February 23, 2006."
  • Updates can be received through CRS Web
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Form of item
online
Issuing body
CRS Web.
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)64686056
  • (OCoLC)ocm64686056
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobate Reader

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