09/22/2011 09:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Hurricane Irene Victims Wait In Line, Denied Food Vouchers

Packed in to the county assistance office in Vineland, N.J., hundreds of people seeking post-Hurricane Irene food vouchers didn't receive a very warm welcome.

After waiting in long lines in the rain, many didn't receive answers, according to MyFoxPhilly. One woman waited only to fill out a form and be told to check back in 72 hours.

Rebecca Blume told the news outlet why she was there for post-disaster help:

"I lost all the food in my freezer and I have flooding in my basement. We lost a lot of things that we had down there. Some help with some food, maybe to replace what I lost."

The County Social Services Office told Fox it wasn't expecting a last minute surge of people seeking aid. Help had been available for the past week, and storm victims were notified, the office said.

But many area resident affected by Irene told the news station they hadn't heard anything.

To help those affected by Irene, see HuffPost's list of ways you can give.


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