The Vermont Department for Children and Families is now processing requests from 3SquaresVT recipients to compensate for food lost during Sunday night's wind storm. People are eligible to have part of all of their October benefit replaced, depending on the value of the food lost.
The deadline to request a replacement is November 8.
Many people had food spoil due to power outages. For food to be safe to eat, it needs to be kept at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below in a refrigerator, or below 0 in a freezer. If food is above that temperature for four hours or more, it might not be safe to eat, and could pose a health risk.
"We are pleased we are able to offer some relief during this time of stress, when many Vermonters still don't know when they will have their power turned back on," said Deputy Commissioner of Economic Services Sean Brown, "situations like this create more stress on already struggling Vermonters."
Call 1-800-479-6151 to make a request, or go to your local Economic Services district office to file a request.