City’s Sandy food stamp program reached few

Breezy Point after Hurricane Sandy.

Breezy Point after Hurricane Sandy. Queens residents eligible for disaster food assistance had to travel to Brooklyn to apply for the benefits. (Photo by Karen Frantz)

Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved $13 million in disaster food aid benefits for victims of Hurricane Sandy, state data show far less money was actually delivered to a fraction of families eligible for the program — a revelation some critics say points to a gross failure on the part of the city.

About 30,000 families were eligible for the federal aid program, known as the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provided one-time payments for families affected by Hurricane Sandy who met certain income requirements and were not already receiving food stamps.

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