CONCORD — The state Department of Health and Human Services Division of Family Assistance has announced that Food Stamp recipients will have until Nov. 22 to report the loss of food due to spoilage.
Following a wind and rain storm on Oct. 30 that left 145,000 households without power, Gov. Chris Sununu announced that Food Stamp recipients could request replacement benefits through Nov. 9. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a waiver request to allow DHHS to accept requests through Nov. 22.
“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 percent 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 Oct. 30, 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 pdf file, Spanish pdf file, and Nepalese pdf file.
Recipients may also contact either their local DHHS district office or call 1 (800) 852-3345 x 9700.