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OLGT 2019-85: SNAP: Clarification Regarding Household Misfortune Procedures

Date: 
11/14/2019
Author: 
DTA

SNAP policy allows for the replacement of food lost during a household misfortune, such as a fire, flood, loss of electricity, equipment malfunction (refrigerator or freezer) or other disaster. Replacement is limited to the value of the food lost, not to exceed the total monthly benefit amount. To be eligible for replacement benefits, a client must complete and return the Request for Replacement SNAP Benefits Due to a Household Disaster or Misfortune for Massachusetts Residents (SNAP-9B) form within 10 days of the reported loss of food purchased with SNAP benefits. 
 
With this Transmittal staff are reminded that the SNAP-9B must be returned within 10 days of the reported loss. However, the reported date of loss may not coincide with the date of the household misfortune or disaster in all situations.

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