Miami-Dade County

If you still need food after Irma, help is available at a stadium and an arena

Thousands line up for food aid outside of Tropical Park

Thousands of people line up in hopes of receiving aid from a post-hurricane disaster center in Tropical Park in Miami on Sunday. Oct. 15, 2017.
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Thousands of people line up in hopes of receiving aid from a post-hurricane disaster center in Tropical Park in Miami on Sunday. Oct. 15, 2017.

Food assistance through the federal DSNAP program, Food for Florida, will be available this week to help households affected by Hurricane Irma.

The hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Hard Rock Stadium and BB&T Center.

People applying have to live or work in a county declared for FEMA Individual Assistance (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach are among those counties), and can’t be getting food help through the regular SNAP program, according to the state Department of Children and Families, which is running the program with the USDA.

Also, an Irma-related loss must have been suffered, such as loss of food or income, and damage to homes.

This program deals only with income and expenses from Sept. 5 through Oct. 4.

People are being asked to complete the application for assistance here before coming to the stadium or arena.

Parking at Hard Rock Stadium for those with special needs will be available at the North Gate. People with state-issued permits can enter through Gates 2 and 3. The stadium’s security policies will be enforced.

BB&T Center will be a vehicle traffic only site. The only pedestrians allowed will be those getting off at the bus stop in front of the arena. No bicycle riders or other pedestrians will be admitted.

No chairs, coolers, umbrellas, backpacks, bags, purses or personal items larger than 1 foot by 1 foot will be allowed in the line or inside the arena. Also, note that the arena, kept at a temperature to accommodate the ice surface, will be cooler than the average South Florida building.

Meanwhile, the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Homestead, 650 NE 22nd Ter., will close for good at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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