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DNAP, Supplemental Assistance programs may be extended

THE U.S. Department of Agriculture-Food Nutrition Services may extend the Disaster Nutrition Assistance or DNAP and Supplemental Assistance programs for another week.

Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter said the FNS decided on Monday evening to reduce to 1,000 the number of applications to be processed for both programs.

On Sunday, the NAP office processed more than 2,000 applications. The following day, about 1,700 applications were received and processed, Hunter said. People line up to get their assignment numbers for the Disaster Food Assistance program at the Minachom Atdao pavilion on Beach Road, Monday. Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioPeople line up to get their assignment numbers for the Disaster Food Assistance program at the Minachom Atdao pavilion on Beach Road, Monday. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“The line was too long and the wait-time was too long. We, NAP and the FNS, decided last night that we needed to change the schedule [and cut the number] to 1,000 per day,” he added.

Hunter said over 130 people are processing the applications, but it was still not enough.

With the reduction in the number of applications to be processed, he said they have also issued a new schedule. Numbers D07401 and up for DNAP, and number S1751 for Supplemental Assistance have no schedule yet.

“We will have to accommodate everybody,” Hunter assured the people. “When I met them, [extension] is what they are looking at,” he said, referring to the FNS.

“It is still not official yet. We still have to receive the approval in writing from the FNS. They are the ones who will make the final decision.”

Hunter added that they are still giving out assignment numbers at the Minachom Atdao pavilion.

The last day for the distribution of numbers is today, Wednesday, when DCCA will accommodate walk-ins only — no more “drive throughs.”

After Wednesday, DCCA will announce where people can get assignment numbers.

The new schedule:

Tuesday, Nov. 27

DNAP –  D0001 to D03400

Supplemental – S0501 to S0750

Wednesday, Nov. 28

DNAP – D03401 to D04400

Supplemental – S0751 to S1000

Thursday, Nov. 29

DNAP – D04401 to D05400

Supplemental – S1001 to S1250

Friday, Nov. 30

DNAP – D05401 to D06400

Supplemental – S1251 to S1500

Saturday, Dec. 1

DNAP – D06401 to D07400

Supplemental – S1501 to S1750

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109118-dnap-supplemental-assistance-programs-may-be-extended

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