A waiver has been approved by the Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in Mississippi additional time to apply for replacement benefits due to Hurricane Ida.
SNAP households in the following counties who suffered food loss as the result of the storm have until Monday, September 20, to request replacement benefits: Adams, Amite, Calhoun, Claiborne, Copiah, Covington, Forrest, Franklin, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lafayette, Lamar, Lawrence, Lincoln, Madison, Marion, Neshoba, Oktibbeha, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Quitman, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Sunflower, Walthall, Warren, Wilkinson, and Yazoo.
According to the MSDH, the application may be submitted via the EA document upload feature on the MDHS website, email, or fax to your county worker.
“We know that many Mississippi families were hit hard by Hurricane Ida. These replacement benefits help to restore and restock their homes for the food losses incurred while they were without power as a result of Hurricane Ida,” Bob Anderson, Executive Director of MDHS, said.
Replacement benefits may be provided in the amount of the loss to the household, but no more than the maximum amount of SNAP benefits issued for the month.
The Household Statement of Food Loss Due to Household Disaster, MDHS-EA-508 is available on the MDHS website at https://www.mdhs.ms.gov/snap-replacement-benefits-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap/.
If you need assistance with this process, contact the Economic Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-948-3050.
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