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NH Residents Have Until November 22 to Request Food Stamp Replacement
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Division of Family Assistance
Publish Date:
November 15, 2017

Concord, NH – The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Family Assistance has announced that Food Stamp recipients will have until November 22nd to report the loss of food due to spoilage. Following a wind and rain storm on October 30 that left 145,000 households without power, Governor Christopher T. Sununu announced that Food Stamp recipients could request replacement benefits through November 9th. However, the US Department of Agriculture has approved a waiver request to allow DHHS to accept requests through November 22nd.

“The October storm left our residents without power for an extended period of time, and many households were unable to reach our offices to request replacement benefits,” said DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers. “The Department appreciates the waiver to extend the typical 10-day reporting requirement, providing Food Stamps recipients who lost food due to storm damage with more time to recover from power outages and request replacement food stamps.”

Food stamp benefits are 100% federally funded. Federal Food Stamp policy includes replacement benefits for food lost as a result of circumstances such as this. Replacements will be authorized for the amount of the loss, not to exceed the monthly allotment for the household.

Individuals participating in the Food Stamp Program on October 30, 2017, may request replacement food stamps by signing a statement indicating the food loss was due to a power outage related to the storm, and state the total value of the lost food. Participants may use convenient forms available in English Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol, Spanish Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol, and Nepalese Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. Recipients may also contact either their local DHHS district office or call 1-800-852-3345 x 9700.

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