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Monroe County Power Outage Update: Deadline for accessing Replacement Benefits extended to March 31
Victims of a severe windstorm and subsequent snowstorms in the Rochester area who lost power and had food spoilage during the outage now have until March 31 to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) replacement benefits.
Hunger Solutions New York is alerting SNAP (food stamp) recipients that if they sustained a power outage for more than 4 hours during the storms and lost food that was purchased with their SNAP EBT card as a result, they may be eligible for replacement benefits.
Hunger Solutions New York wants to remind community organizations working on SNAP about the process for requesting SNAP replacement benefits due to household misfortune. Current SNAP recipient families and individuals who have lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to storms, flooding, power outages or other misfortunes may be entitled to a replacement issuance.
Under SNAP regulations it is always possible for SNAP recipients who lost food in a “household misfortune” to obtain replacement benefits as long as they fit the criteria and fulfill the requirements. This SNAP Policy update provides information on the SNAP replacement criteria and requirements. It also provides an outreach flyer for community organizations to use with affected households. It provides the necessary form needed to request benefits along with a cover page from Hunger Solutions New York.