(St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands) Department of Human Services Commissioner Felecia L. Blyden announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA, FNS) has approved the department’s waiver request for an extension of the Virgin Islands’ Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). “We continue to press forward with our efforts to serve the needs of the public as it pertains to the D-SNAP. Our waiver request for an extension of D-SNAP is rooted in our ability to adequately meet the nutrition needs of eligible households while confronting ongoing challenges of stability within the local infrastructure,” expressed Commissioner Blyden.

In approving the D-SNAP request, the FNS highlighted the Virgin Islands supporting information to justify the extension as” the application site volume was significantly larger than anticipated of the first four days; and connectivity issues stemming from limited telephone and internet access on USVI have presented application processing challenges.”

The FNS has granted a 3 -day extension to the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services which begins on Thursday, November 16 through Saturday November 18, 2017.  D-SNAP site locations are on St. Thomas at the University of the Virgin Islands, Tutu Park Mall, and the French Town Evangelical Church; on St. Croix sites are at the DHS offices in Mars Hill, Frederiksted, the Cardiac Center at the Juan Luis Hospital, and the Richmond Senior Center; and on St. John at the DHS Multipurpose Center. The hours of operation are from 7am until 6pm.

In transmitting its’s letter of approval, the FNS expressed appreciation to the “VIDHS’ partnership and dedication to ensuring USVI residents affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria can meet their nutrition needs.  FNS concluded by offering continued technical and other support the department.