DHSS delays food stamps, WIC for three days
Due to the effects of the US Government's “possible” shutting down as a result of their current budget impasse in Washington, DC, the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) will delay the issuance of ASNAP or food stamps and ASWIC benefits to all their recipients for three days.
In a statement issued by the DHSS Director, Taeaoafua Dr. Meki Solomona said they will start issuing the ASNAP and ASWIC on Friday, October 4, 2013. “This delay is necessary to give DHSS sufficient time to secure temporary funding to pay for supplemental nutrition assistance for some 10,000 low-income recipients consisting of the elderly, blind and disabled as well as pregnant women, nursing mothers and children up to five years of age.
“The only exception to this action is the issuance of WIC checks to purchase infant formula for over 1,000 infants. Although the American Samoa Government may decide to continue to issue ASNAP and ASWIC benefits during a Federal government shutdown, DHSS will be doing this at our own risk with the understanding that Federal funds may not be forthcoming to pay for these benefits,” he stated.
The director continued, “Although we are in a dire predicament due to the lapse in congressional appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014, I am pleased to advise that in consultation today with our Federal grantor, we were assured that temporary funding will be available to us within the next few days to provide critically-needed assistance to our low-income population who continue to find it hard to meet their nutrition needs for a balanced and healthy diet because of the high cost of living in the territory”.
Taeaoafua further noted this is great news for the ASNAP and the ASWIC Programs and great news for families, particularly those who are struggling to make ends meet during these troublesome economic times.
“The ASNAP Program serves 4,663 low-income elderly, blind and disabled individuals while the American Samoa WIC Program serves 1,237 women, 1,069 infants up to 12 months and 4,235 children or a total of 6,536 recipients. The ASNAP and the ASWIC Programs issue upwards of $1 million in benefits each month to their recipients.”
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