The Mississippi Department of Human Services has announced that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who lost power due to recent storms can apply for replacement benefits.
SNAP households impacted by storm damage are able to apply to receive up to the amount of their loss, but nothing exceeding their monthly benefit limit.
If a power outage is a result of the weather event and was/is out for six or more hours, a replacement can be allowed. Common knowledge of the damaged area can be documented as verification of the duration of the outage. Otherwise, MDHS directors will have to find out from local emergency managers and power companies if the claim is legitimate. Power outages must be a direct result of the weather event.
To request a replacement of SNAP benefits, households must report the disaster to their local MDHS office within 10 days of the date of the disaster.
Households may submit the replacement request form by mail, email, or online submission.
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