D-SNAP program launches. Not everyone qualifies

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the launch of the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). D-SNAP gives food assistance to low-income households with food loss or damage caused by a natural disaster. D-SNAP has income and asset limitations. D-SNAP extends benefits to many households that would not ordinarily qualify but suddenly need food assistance because of a disaster.

“Today, we are proud to announce additional financial support for families affected by Typhoon Mawar, especially those who have yet to have their power restored and have been challenged with food preservation to feed their families,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “In the aftermath of Typhoon Mawar, we extend a caring hand to our community. Applying for the Disaster SNAP program is a powerful act of self-care and resilience. Let us help in your recovery,”

“We encourage families who would not have otherwise been eligible for SNAP benefits to examine the increased threshold under Disaster SNAP and check for eligibility,” added Lt. Governor Joshua Tenorio.

D-SNAP benefits are provided via an electronic debit-like card and can be used to purchase food items at authorized food retailers. Recipients already enrolled in SNAP are not eligible to receive D-SNAP assistance. Individuals must bring a valid I.D. and must apply at the following approved D-SNAP enrollment centers:

Micronesia Mall:

Thursday (10:00 AM – 8:00 PM)

Friday – Saturday (10:00 AM-7:00 PM)

Sunday – Wednesday (10:00 AM-8:00 PM)

Guam Premium Outlet (GPO):

Thursday – Saturday (10:00 AM-8:00 PM)

Sunday (10:00 AM-5:00 PM)

Monday – Wednesday (10:00 AM – 8:00 PM)

Inalajan Senior Citizens Center:

Thursday – Sunday (9:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

Monday – Wednesday (9:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

Residents in Dededo, Harmon, Tumon, and Yigo are encouraged to apply at the Micronesian Mall in Dededo, residents in Agana Heights, Hagatna, Mangilao, Mongmong-Toto-Maite, Ordot-Chalan Pago, Piti, and Yona are encouraged to apply at GPO in Tamuning, and residents in Agat, Inalahan, Talofofo and Umatac are encouraged to apply at the Inalahan Senior Citizens Center in Inalahan.

Each site will serve applicants based on the applicant’s last name using the following schedule:


Alphabetical Group

Thursday, June 22, 2023

A & B

Friday, June 23, 2023

C & D

Saturday, June 24, 2023

E, F, G, H, I, J, & K

Sunday, June 25, 2023

L, M, & N

Monday, June 26, 2023

O, P, Q, & R

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

S & T

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

U, V, W, X, Y, Z and those who missed assigned days.


Below is an income table, to help determine if you qualify for this program, as well as the allotment you would be awarded:

Household Size

Net Income Limit

D-SNAP Benefit Allotment

























Each Additional Member



Household income may also be adjusted for any disaster-related expenses that the applicant experienced from the effects of Typhoon Mawar, such as damage or destruction of household. Below is a list of approved expenses:

  • Home and Business Repairs and Property Protection

  • Temporary Shelter and Evacuation Expenses

  • Disaster Related funeral, pet boarding and medical expenses

  • Replacement of necessary personal items such as clothing, appliances, tools, and educational materials

  • Clean up expenses, and storage expenses

  • Food Loss

Retirement accounts, disaster related payments from either governmental and/or non-governmental organizations will not be counted against D-SNAP applicants. If awarded, individuals will only receive a month’s worth of benefits. Any self-attestation provided to DPHSS in order to apply for D-SNAP benefits are subject to any and all audit requirements enforced by the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) under the USDA.


  • Alan San Nicolas

      06/19/2023 at 3:24 PM

    Ti kualifika yu lao na’i I bisinu hu ya ayu na baihu boka guehi. Dibi na en aprueba para todu, riku, popble, gefsaga, ti gefsaga ayuda sa ayu na man matto hamyu. ÑALANG YU !!!

  • They shouldn’t base the snap program on income. Every single household suffered from the loss of food due to spoilage. Regardless whether a person makes zero dollars or $10,000.00 a month they both suffered the same. During a major disaster everyone should be treated equal not just the chosen. Every household should get a certain amount across the board. Some residents are still suffering cause they have yet to turn on a light switch cause their power has not been restored and have to spend over $50.00 a day to purchase gas to operate their generator. Don’t you think they need help too. Come on Governnent officials wake up.

  • Donna Jean Cruz

      06/20/2023 at 7:33 AM

    Please define “retirement accounts”. If I get a retirement check from the CNMI Government, will I be eligible???

  • This program is so frustrating. They ask how much you have in the bank and not factored in if those are earmarked for something or for your obligations. The heck?

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