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Maine DHHS Extends SNAP Replacement Deadline After Storm Havoc

SNAP clients can apply for replacement benefits if they lose food within 10 days of when the power is finally restored. (News10 ABC)
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Maine DHHS Grants Additional Time for SNAP Recipients (Photo: KLKN-TV)

Maine DHHS Grants Additional Time for SNAP Recipients to Rebuild After Storm Damage

Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline for SNAP participants to apply on behalf of benefit replacement necessitated by food lost in Hurricane Sandy. After a recent storm passed through Maine, this decision was taken. In principle, SNAP clients can apply for replacement benefits if they lose food within 10 days of when the power is finally restored. However, having already requested the U.S., Maine DHHS quickly responded and received an extension until January 18, 2024. Department of Agriculture Giving storm-affected people more time to apply for aid.

This initiative aims to support those affected by the storm, offering relief to those who lost food purchased through SNAP as a result of power outages, flooding, or other misfortunes linked to the weather event.

To seek benefits for replacing lost food, recipients are encouraged to report their losses to DHHS by January 18, 2024, and to fill out a simple form available on the DHHS website or at local DHHS offices. The replacement benefit amount will be calculated as the lesser of the total value of the lost food purchased with SNAP or one month’s benefit.

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Additionally, the piece brings attention to General Assistance (GA) as an added resource for Maine residents dealing with immediate needs related to the storm. GA administrators in municipalities can grant presumptive eligibility in emergencies, making it easier for individuals to access crucial assistance without delay.

This extension offers essential support to those facing the aftermath of the storm, providing Maine residents with the time and aid necessary to recover and rebuild following this challenging event.

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