Letter from the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) below. Further information and form for assistance can be found here.
As you know, hurricane Sandy caused widespread destruction throughout this entire region. Some areas of Massachusetts saw significant damage from downed trees and power lines. While most power outages were for a relatively short period of time, Massachusetts families were impacted by these outages and may be in need of SNAP replacement benefits.
USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has issued a waiver of the timely reporting requirement for household replacement of SNAP benefits. For food loss related to hurricane Sandy, DTA has extended the reporting period an additional 20 days (from 10 days to 30). To be considered timely, households may report losses associated with this storm by the end of the day on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. Please note, only current SNAP clients are able to request these household misfortune replacement SNAP benefits.
See the attached information sheet for more information on SNAP replacement benefits and how households can apply. Please forward this information to your networks.
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