USDA Taking Steps to Help Those Affected by Sandy
In an effort to provide disaster nutrition assistance to the individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy - USDA is coordinating with states and partner organizations. USDA has worked to deliver more than a million pounds of USDA foods - and is also working to remind SNAP retailers of the procedure for manually processing SNAP transactions in the case of power outage. This is to ensure SNAP recipients in areas affected by power outages continue to have access to food. USDA has granted a waiver to allow SNAP recipients in certain areas to purchase hot foods using their benefits as well. This waiver is designed to accommodate those individuals who have lost homes, are affected by power outages and are otherwise unable to prepare food as a result of the damage caused by the hurricane. In addition - USDA has approved requests from a number of states to issue automatic, mass replacements of benefits to SNAP households in certain areas. The department has extended the time SNAP recipients have to report loss of food purchased using SNAP benefits and to request replacement benefits as well.
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