Submitted by FoodSNAP on 09/19/2011 - 4:48pm.
Good news! On Friday DTA filed a request to USDA for additional time for certain SNAP households to request replacement benefits due to Hurricane Irene. The new deadline is Friday, September 23rd. USDA approved DTA's request today (9/19).
This time extension is limited to SNAP recipients who were residing in Franklin and Berkshire Counties at the time of the Hurricane and who lost food due to flooding or low of power for freezer/refrigeration. This extension is similar to what most states affected by Hurricane Irene requested. The replacement SNAP benefits are intended for food purchased with the August SNAP benefits that was then destroyed or thrown out, as long as the household has reported the loss sometime between September 9 and September 23rd, close of business.
Here's the link to DTA's Operations Memo 2011-44 /node/39296 that was issued 9/1/11, shortly after the Hurricane. Unless we receive word otherwise, households should use the same form - Attachment A (see pg 3 of the Ops Memo) - to request the replacement benefits. The 10 day limit in the Ops Memo does NOT operate for households in Franklin and Berkshire Counties.
Please let MLRI know if you are seeing any problems with getting replacement benefits in these two counties. DTA local offices were sent an email this afternoon about the extension.
REMINDER: Next Food SNAP Coalition meeting, Tuesday, September 27th from 10 to Noon - St Francis House, Boston.