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USDA and DTA extend time frame for SNAP Replacement Benefits for Households Impacted by Winter Storm Juno - New Deadline is Feb 18th

On Monday afternoon we received word that USDA and DTA agreed to EXTEND the deadline for SNAP to February 18th (Wednesday) for certain SNAP households to request SNAP "replacement" or "misfortune" benefits. These are SNAP households who lost power for 4 or more hours as a result of January 26-28th Winter Storm Juno. The SNAP households who were impacted the most by this storm live on Nantucket and Cape Cod, mostly Provincetown. The original deadline for replacement benefits was February 8th.
In response to requests from the Nantucket Food Bank, MLRI and the Greater Boston Food Bank, DTA agreed to request USDA permission to allow an extra 10 days. USDA New England Regional Office approved the request on Monday (2/9). Given the limited amount of information about SNAP replacement benefits complicated by lack of phone and internet communication on the Cape and Islands due to the many storms, many SNAP families where not aware of the right to request SNAP replacement benefits.
The SNAP households who lost food (e.g. had to throw out food they purchases with their monthly SNAP benefits), can still file a request to DTA for additional SNAP benefits to replace the value of food lost. Although a household may do this verbally, we strongly recommend households do this in writing and fax this form to the Taunton Document Management Center.  By FAX: (617) 887-8765 or by mail to the DTA Document Center, P.O. Box 4406, Taunton, MA 02780

Attached is the DTA form (English and Spanish) for making a request as well as an MLRI fact sheet on SNAP replacement benefits. Here is MLRI's webpage with more information on SNAP Misfortune Replacement Benefits: /content/snap-replacement-benefits-due-natural-disaster-or-household-misfortune-including-power-loss 
NOTE: SNAP replacement benefits are not limited to Storm Juno. Households who have lost power or appliance malfunction due to any other storms, power outages, utility shut offs or appliance malfunctions also have the right to request SNAP replacement benefits, provided the request is made within 10 days of the loss of food.

Hats off and a deep bow to the incredible efforts of the Nantucket and Provincetown Food Pantries and the Greater Boston Food Bank to provide emergency food to the Cape and Islands households impacted by Winter Storm Juno and alerting DTA and USDA to the need for more help. Big thanks to DTA Central for agreeing to request the 10 day extension, to USDA New England Regional Office for approving it, and to the office of State Senator Dan Wolf for his work on this as well. Let's hope winter ends soon.