Governor: FNS approves disaster food assistance for households on Saipan and Tinian

(Office of the Governor) — Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres announced on Saturday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service approved his request to operate the Emergency Food Assistance for Victims of Disaster pursuant to Part XI and Exhibit D of the Nutrition Assistance Program manual of operation due to impacts from Super Typhoon Yutu.

This emergency food assistance program is referred to as the Disaster NAP or D-NAP. The program is regardless of citizenship and every impacted household is eligible. The estimated total cost for disaster benefits is $8,562,834.

“We are very pleased that FNS has approved my request for disaster food assistance for Saipan and Tinian. Since the beginning of the storm, we prioritized the safety and well-being of our families on both islands so that they receive the help they need. We got approved for $8.6 million for disaster benefits for Saipan and Tinian households and disaster supplements for ongoing NAP households,” Governor Torres said.

“I want to thank DCCA Secretary Robert Hunter, NAP Administrator Walter Macaranas, and the hardworking staff at the DCCA and NAP offices for pushing this through and for always leading the way in getting food assistance for our families, especially during this recovery.”

Every household on Saipan, Tinian, and the Northern Islands is eligible for disaster food assistance, regardless of citizenship. Households must apply to avail themselves of disaster food assistance. Benefits will be determined by household composition, and an additional determination will be made for households that experienced food loss or a reduction/termination of income as a result of the disaster,” Governor Torres said.

“We are tremendously happy that the FNS has approved disaster food assistance for Saipan and Tinian,” said Secretary of Community and Cultural Affairs Robert Hunter.

“This assistance will provide a food benefit to every impacted household on Saipan and Tinian, as well as additional assistance to NAP households. We encourage households to bring some form of photo ID, income documentation like pay stubs or bank statements, and receipts for disaster-related expenses, medical, and of course food loss such as spoiled food that was lost because of a lack of power. If you don’t have the documentation, NAP staff will have an affidavit at the sites in the case any documentation is unavailable,” Secretary Hunter added.

The D-NAP application periods and their hours of operation will be as follows:


November 15 – November 21, 2018

Tinian Public Gym in San Jose

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.


November 25 – December 1, 2018

CNMI NAP office in As Lito, Saipan

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

According to NAP Administrator Walter Macaranas the Emergency Food Assistance distribution will be divided into two programs D-NAP assistance and Supplemental Disaster Assistance.

“D-NAP is primarily for Non-NAP households which includes individuals who were residing on Saipan and Tinian at the time Super Typhoon Yutu struck the islands on October 24, 2018.  This means that any resident regardless of citizenship may apply for disaster assistance,” Macaranas said.

Documentations will be required as part of the verification process. NAP will be requesting for documentation such valid photo identification of the applicant, birth certificates or passports to verify household composition; billings such telephone, utility, cable, etc. to verify residency; pay stubs to verify income; recent bank statements to verify resources; and expense receipts to verify disaster related expenses. If the D-NAP applicant does not have the documentation to provide proof of the required verifications, the applicant must use the NAP-provided affidavit to declare such information.

Local coupons

Coupons used for the D-NAP and supplements will be effective through January 31, 2019.

FNS approves the Governor’s request to lift the local coupons restriction and allow the local coupons to be used to purchase imported eligible foods through December 31, 2018. This flexibility only applies to eligible applicants from Saipan, Tinian, and the Northern Islands. DCCA will issue a written authorization to each authorized retailer on Saipan and Tinian allowing these items for purchase with disaster or supplemental benefits.

Hot foods

FNS also approved the governor’s request to allow NAP and D-NAP households the ability to purchase hot foods and hot food items for immediate consumption with NAP benefits through December 31, 2018.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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