Disaster food benefits extended to Gates County residents

A truck sits stranded on Interstate 95 in floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. People were ordered to evacuate, and officials warned that some communities could be cut off by washed out roads or bridge closures. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

GATES COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Disaster food benefits have been extended to residents in Gates County who were affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Sunday that 18 counties were eligible to apply for Disaster Food Service benefits, after his request for the assistance was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Gates County officials on Wednesday announced that the USDA extended the benefits to county residents.

Anyone who received damage during Hurricane Matthew can qualify, even if you would not normally qualify for Food Stamps.

Residents can apply for the benefits at the Disaster Food and Nutrition Services in Gates County at 122 Main Street only Thursday through Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.