Seeking food aid

Nov 10, 2018

The United States Department of Agriculture has disaster related programs I have asked Secretary Sonny Perdue to use to help our recovery from Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu.

Foremost, I asked for Disaster Nutrition Assistance to be quickly available for Saipan and Tinian, as it is for Rota. This will allow current beneficiaries of the Commonwealth’s food stamp program to replace food lost in the storm and and also help those not presently receiving benefits to get assistance feeding their families.

It is important that the cost of this disaster assistance not drain away the $32.5 million that I secured in the last Farm Bill, but comes from new money. The Farm Bill funds are supposed to move us toward income eligibility standards similar to the national Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP.

I also asked Secretary Perdue for help restoring forest areas and crops wiped out by the storms. And I requested a moratorium on payments for USDA Rural Loan borrowers, which he granted the next day. The moratorium is good for up to 24 months. Borrowers whose accounts were in good standing prior to Yutu will be receiving moratorium letters shortly or you may call the USDA at 67.472.7490.