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Information for Individuals Currently Receiving Food Assistance, Cash or Medicaid
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Replacement of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits

Households that get food assistance benefits can get a replacement of benefits, for the value of food bought with their benefits, if a household misfortune or disaster destroyed their food. Examples of household misfortunes or disasters may be house fires, electrical power outage in a neighborhood because of a storm for more than four hours, floods, or hurricanes. The amount of the replacement cannot be higher than the amount of food assistance benefits the household received for the month of the disaster. To be eligible for these replacements, the household must report the food loss within 10 days after the loss and give the Department a signed statement showing the value of the destroyed food. The Department must have proof that there was a disaster.

The Department must ask for special Federal approval to allow households to ask for the replacements for more than ten days, or to give the replacements to large groups of households. The Department usually asks for this Federal approval when a major disaster occurs like a flood or hurricane.

Households Can Get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits Early

Food assistance benefits are normally available on the households' EBT cards during the first 15 days of the month, based on the case number. This helps grocery stores manage how many people will be buying food each day and the stores will know how much food to keep on hand. Because of the disaster, the Department may allow all households that receive food assistance benefits to get their benefits all at one time before the benefits are normally available.

Maximum Amount of Benefits

Because of the disaster, the Department may increase the food assistance benefits of households that get regular food assistance benefits, to the maximum benefit amount for the household size. This will allow households in the regular and disaster programs to get the same amount of food assistance benefits during the month of the disaster.

No Child Support Enforcement (CSE) or Work Program Rules

During the disaster, households in the regular Food Assistance, TANF (Temporary Cash Assistance), or Medicaid Programs, may not need to cooperate with Child Support Enforcement (CSE) or participate in the work programs to be eligible. The Department may delay these requirements in the disaster area or statewide. This will assist in getting services to households where there are transportation problems or office closures.

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