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Sandy Food Assistance Money Coming To Some NYC ZIP Codes

(credit: Richard Sanchez)

(credit: Richard Sanchez)

Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Beginning next Wednesday, 30,000 families around New York City who were devastated by Superstorm Sandy may apply for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Insurance to buy food.

The State of New York has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service to free up funds for 10 complete and two partial ZIP codes in four of the five boroughs.

Those ZIP codes include:

• 11224 and 11235 (Coney Island) and 11231 (Red Hook) in Brooklyn; as well as part of 11229 for Coney Island residents south of Allen Avenue;

• 11691, 11692, 11693, 11694 and 11697 in Far Rockaway, Queens;

• 10306 on the southeastern shore of Staten Island, and part of 10305 for residents south of Seaview Avenue on Staten Island;

• 10002, on the Lower East Side in Manhattan east of the Bowery and south of Houston Street.

Qualifying families may apply through Dec. 18 for their part of the $13 million released to New York City by the federal government, DNAInfo reported. The amount of money the families receive will be based on their income, their financial resources, and storm-related expenses between Oct. 27 and Nov. 25, the publication reported.

For example, DNAInfo reported, a two-person household that had less than $2,695 in assets during the period will qualify for $367 in aid, while a family of three with less than $3,416 may get $526, DNAInfo reported.

Anyone who wishes to apply must provide proof of residence, documents proving family size and income, and proof of storm-related expenses, DNAInfo reported.

Those seeking to sign up must come to one of two locations – 495 Clermont Ave. in Brooklyn, and New Dorp High School at 465 New Dorp Lane in Staten Island, DNAInfo reported.

At the Brooklyn location, only those with last names beginning with the letters A through M may apply on Wednesday, while those beginning with N through Z must apply on Thursday. There are no restrictions after that, DNAInfo reported.

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