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USDA sending food aid to Sandy victims

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 5, 2012 at 4:48 p.m.

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Residents line up for bundles of food at an American Red Cross station in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 in New York. The region is still cleaning up a week after Superstorm Sandy.

— The Agriculture Department is sending food aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy.

USDA announced Monday that the department is working with the state of New York and local food banks to distribute 1.1 million pounds of food to victims in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester and Rockland counties. USDA worked with New Jersey and local organizations last week to produce meals for victims in shelters there.

The department also has approved requests from Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia to automatically reimburse food stamp recipients in certain counties for food lost in the storm.

USDA issued a waiver in parts of New York to allow food stamp recipients to purchase hot foods with their benefits. The benefits cannot normally be used to purchase hot, ready-to-eat foods.

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