Without Electricity, New Yorkers on Food Stamps Can’t Pay for Food – COLORLINES
New York parents on food stamps are not able to feed their children.
Many of the low-income residents receive cash and supplemental nutritional assistance from the state electronically through what the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance calls Electronic Benefit Cards EBT.Recipients buying eligible foods are suppose to swipe their EBT cards like any other credit card for their purchases but since Hurricane Sandy hit, most Lower East Side stores don’t have electricity to run credit card transactions and are only accepting cash. Leaving many people on EBT with empty wallets, empty refrigerators and no access to food.
Posted on November 3, 2012, in Charity, Children, Climate Change, Coastal Cities, Community, Disasters, Energy, Flooding, Food Security, Health, Threat and tagged energy, flooding, Food stamps, hurricane, new york, safety. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.