New Hampshire food stamp replacements for lost food from power outages

NEW HAMPSHIRE - Many people have lost food after power outages from Sunday night's wind storm.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Family Assistance says food stamp recipients are eligible for replacement benefits.

"To ensure replacement food, families must report food loss within 10 days," said Governor Chris Sununu. "Food insecurity remains a pressing issue for far too many New Hampshire families, and the recent storms should not force families to go hungry."

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, DHHS must replace food stamp benefits for people who lost food due to a power outage.  Federal food stamp policy also establishes four hours as the minimum time for a power outage in order to replace food stamp benefits.  A refrigerator, if not opened, will keep food safely cold for about four hours.  After four hours without power, perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheese, milk, eggs, leftovers, and deli items should be discarded.

"Everyone affected by the power outage should follow the four hour outage standard," said DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers. "People receiving food stamps can get replacement benefits so they and their families can remain food secure while New Hampshire continues its recovery from the storm damage."

Anyone participating in the Food Stamp Program on October 30, 2017 may request replacement food stamps no later than November 9th.  Food stamp benefits are 100% federally funded.

To request replacement benefits, food stamp participants must sign 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. Recipients may also contact either their local DHHS district office or call 1-800-852-3345 x 9700.

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