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Hundreds wait in line to receive Hurricane Isaac assistance

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From Hancock County all the way to Jackson County people stood in long line for hours Wednesday to receive food assistance benefits. One woman from Escatawpa said the money she received is a blessing not only to her, but everyone affected by Isaac.

"Me and my daughters, we lost everything," Cynthia Randle said. "Our apartment got four feet of water in her."

So many people, including Escatawpa resident Cynthia Randle, were forced out of their homes because of Hurricane Isaac. Although the surge didn't compare to Katrina, flooding is what sent them to safer ground.

"We're staying in a motel right now and we've been spending a lot, you know, for food and motel and stuff," Randle said.

A sea of people swamped The Department of Human Services building in Moss Point hoping they would qualify for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also known as D-SNAP.

"Based on their household size, they will receive one month of SNAP benefits for one month. Like a household size of one gets $200," Lisa Weathers said.

Weathers, who works for DHS, said residents in Jackson County who suffered from any home damage or damage to their employment because of Isaac could qualify. She said from small families to large, in less than 24 hours, she saw hundreds of displaced families fill the office.

"It would be really hard to gage at this time because there are quite a few from one all the way up to seven person households that we've been able to see," Weathers said.

The D-SNAP program is a one time only benefit assistance. People who qualify will receive an EBT card to use.

"Oh, it's helping out tremendously," Randle said. "It's a blessing. I mean it's just a blessing."

People who currently receive SNAP benefits monthly are not eligible for this one time Disaster -SNAP program.

Those who live in Hancock, Harrison and Pearl River Counties can also receive assistance. You can apply for the program Thursday through Saturday at your local DHS county office from 7 am until 6pm. You'll need to bring a photo id, proof of employment and social security numbers for everyone in your household.

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