For those of you who work with SNAP recipients in the Concord area, we wanted to remind you that SNAP households who lost power for more than four hours and lost food as a result of lost refrigeration/freezer capacity (e.g. had to throw out spoiled food), may be eligible for SNAP replacement benefits. Here's MLRI's webpage on SNAP misfortune replacement benefits.
According to the Boston Globe and the Concord Municipal Light Plant (Concord's utility company), the tornado that hit Concord about 3:20 AM today. At the peak of the power outage, 1,114 customers were without power early this AM. As of 1 PM today, power had been restored to 500 people, leaving about 500 more still without power, according to local officials. See more on tornado in Boston Globe:Â https://www.
To request SNAP replacement benefits,
- The SNAP client must report the loss within 10 days of the food loss-- by phone or in writing. If they get cash benefits, the client should call their DTA case worker. If they only get SNAP, call DTA at 877-382-2363. The client can also mail or fax a written statement of food loss to DTA.
- The client must then complete the DTA request for replacement SNAP form and submit it to DTA (copy of form on MLRI's SNAP Replacement webpage too).
- DTA must get it within 10 days after the client reported the loss of food. (If they submit this form within 10 days of the food loss, they do not need to make a separate report first.)
- DTA will confirm what happened by contacting a third party or visiting the client's home.
- DTA must issue replacement SNAP quickly - either within 10 days of getting the report of the food loss, or within 2 days of getting the completed form, whichever is later.