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With Approaching Storm, a Reminder that Food Stamp Recipients May Request Replacement Benefits Due to Power Outages
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Division of Family Assistance
Publish Date:
January 26, 2015

Concord, NH –With the approach of a major winter storm, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Division of Family Assistance is reminding Food Stamp recipients that the USDA Food and Nutrition Service will replace Food Stamp benefits to recipients affected by any widespread power outages caused by a winter storm.

A refrigerator, if not opened, will keep food safely cold for about four hours. After four hours without power, perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheese, milk, eggs, leftovers, and deli items should be discarded. Federal food stamp policy also establishes four hours as the minimum time for a power outage in order to replace food stamp benefits.

“It is important for their health and safety that individuals follow the four hour power outage standard,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “The federal food stamp replacement policy makes the decision to do so easier because individuals know that they will remain food secure in their ability to feed themselves and their families after such a household misfortune.”

Food stamp benefits are 100% federally funded. Food Stamp eligibility policy is also 100% federal, including the policy requirement to replace benefits lost in these kinds of circumstances. To receive replacement food stamp benefits, recipients must report the loss within 10 days of the loss and provide a signed statement indicating the 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. Recipients may also contact either their local district office or call 1-800-852-3345 x 9700.

 
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