USDA Supports Disaster Recovery with Temporary Expansion of Puerto Rico Nutrition Assistance

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Puerto Rico residents continuing to recover from the impacts of recent hurricanes could be eligible for increased nutrition assistance, thanks to a grant from the USDA. This temporary assistance will be distributed through the Puerto Rico Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP), beginning March 1. NAP is administered by the USDA and is operated by the Puerto Rico Department of the Family.

The additional funds will allow Puerto Rico to expand assistance to additional households, and increase the benefit amount for current and new participants on a temporary basis. The new maximum allotment for a family of four will be $649.

“The people of Puerto Rico still face immense challenges, as the island recovers from multiple hurricanes,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “This grant fulfills the Administration’s pledge to support the recovery and our commitment to ensuring that residents of Puerto Rico get the vital nutrition assistance they need to move forward.”

View the full statement here.