State offers Food Stamp replacement benefits due to storm

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Food StampsCONCORD, NH — The  New  Hampshire  Department of Health and Human Services
(DHHS)  Division  of  Family Assistance (DFA) announced today that the USDA
Food and Nutrition Service  (FNS) will replace Food Stamp benefits to
recipients  affected by the recent widespread power outages. Many lost food
because of spoilage due to the power outages caused by the winter storm.

“Individuals who were participating in  the Food  Stamp  Program on November 26, 2014, may request replacement food  stamps  no later than December 10.  We are requesting that the USDA FNS  extend  that  deadline,  but  this federal permission has not yet been received,” said DFA Director Terry Smith.

Funding  for food stamp benefits is 100 percent federal.  New Hampshire Food Stamp
policy  is  directed  by federal regulation, including replacement benefits for food lost as a result of circumstances such as the power outage.

To  receive  replacement  food  stamp  benefits,  recipients must provide a
signed  statement  indicating a food loss was due to a power outage related
to the storm.  The statement must include the total value of the lost food.
An example statement is provided at nheasy.nh.gov. Clients may also contact
either  their  local  district  office  or  call  1-800-852-3345 x 9700 for
assistance.

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