TAMPA, Fla. — Thinking about the list of stuff you’ll need to keep you and your family safe during a storm may be stressful.
After a hurricane, many families require assistance
In a recently published article from Spectrum News, one of Liliana Ramirez’s favorite aspects of her career is assisting others. She is always engaged with the community as a health promoter with the Hispanic Services Council. “We help families apply for SNAP, Medicaid, county insurance, free and reduced lunch, WIC, and we also host nutrition classes,” she explained.
According to Feeding America, one in every six Hispanics is food insecure. Ramirez claims that when natural calamities strike, the need is considerably higher. “We refer people to FEMA, which is the first thing we do, but we also refer them to food banks if they need food,” she explained. SNAP benefits, she says, are also important for families.
D-SNAP, which stands for Disaster Supplemental Assistance Program, is a service provided by SNAP
In a recently published article from Newsbreak, the council also assists with benefits replacement and supplementation. According to Plant City resident Perla Ocampo, it is one approach to assist families keep optimistic at a tough time. “For those people who have suffered from a disaster, this helps so that they can have the necessities,” Ocampo explained.
Ramirez has assisted numerous families in completing SNAP applications. “Many families benefited and were able to put food on the table,” she added. Ramirez stated that her objective is to assist people rebuild after a natural disaster such as a storm has destroyed them.