SNAP Replacement Benefits Available for Connecticut Residents Impacted By Super Storm Sandy

November 8, 2012
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Ct  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that over 73,000 low-income Connecticut households enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) will receive storm-related food replacement benefits on Saturday.

The state’s application for $4.5 million in SNAP replacement benefits for residents in areas hit hardest by power outages and flooding resulting from Storm Sandy was approved in two stages this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.

“For many families, the replacement of these benefits can mean the difference between having a meal and going hungry,” said Governor Malloy.  “I thank the Obama Administration and, particularly, USDA Food and Nutrition Service officials for their swift and thorough response to Connecticut’s appeal for replacement food benefits.  The fact that we can work together so closely at the state and federal levels is a critical factor in bringing genuine relief to Connecticut residents.”

Connecticut joins Rhode Island, New York, Maryland and Virginia in gaining federal approval to issue automatic, replacement benefits to eligible households in certain areas affected by the storm.

The replacement benefits were approved for SNAP households in all municipalities within Fairfield and New London counties, in addition to 49 other Connecticut towns where more than 50% of residents lost power for at least four hours.

A total of 73,383 SNAP-enrolled households (over 130,000 people) will automatically receive 25% of their October benefit amount in electronic benefit transfer accounts this Saturday.  SNAP benefits can be used only for federally-approved food items at supermarkets, grocery stores and farmers’ markets.

“This equates to replacement benefits ranging from $4 to over $300, depending on income and household size,” said Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby of the Department of Social Services, the administering agency for SNAP.  “The average replacement benefit is estimated at $62.”

The automatic benefit increase will go to SNAP-enrolled households in the following cities and towns (all of Fairfield and New London Counties and 49 additional municipalities):

Fairfield County

  • Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newtown, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman, Shelton, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, Wilton

 

New London County

  • Bozrah, Colchester, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Ledyard, Lebanon, Lisbon, Lyme, Montville, New London, Norwich, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Stonington, Voluntown, Waterford

 

Additional cities/towns

  • Ashford, Avon, Barkhamsted, Bethany, Bethlehem, Bolton, Branford, Bridgewater, Canterbury, Chaplin, Chester , Clinton, Colebrook, Columbia, Cornwall, Coventry, Deep River, East Haddam, East Haven, Eastford, Essex, Glastonbury, Guilford, Haddam, Harwinton, Hebron, Hampton, Kent, Killingworth, Madison, Mansfield, Marlborough, Milford, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Branford, Orange, Oxford, Roxbury, Salisbury, Scotland, Seymour, Sterling, Tolland, Westbrook, Willington, Windham, Woodbury.

DSS officials used state power outage and damage assessments to determine the geographical areas to be covered by SNAP replacement benefits, in accordance with federal program guidelines.  Commissioner Bremby noted that Connecticut’s application for a federal waiver for mass issuance of replacement benefits was submitted and approved in two stages as additional cities and towns were identified as eligible under the federal methodology.

Individual requests for replacement benefits

SNAP recipients who lost food as a result of Storm Sandy can also make a special request for replacement benefits, regardless of where they live in Connecticut.  Individual requests may be made for reimbursement of the cost of food originally purchased with SNAP benefits in October and spoiled through power outage or other Sandy-related damage.

For information on the individual SNAP benefit replacement process, please visit www.211ct.org or call 2-1-1.  Storm-related food loss must be reported by November 28, 2012, at 4:30 p.m.

The federal government approved an extended timeframe for this process for Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, is the nation’s main anti-hunger program for low-income individuals and families.  In Connecticut, the program currently enrolls 212,000 households.

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5 Responses to SNAP Replacement Benefits Available for Connecticut Residents Impacted By Super Storm Sandy

  1. kevin polomski on November 10, 2012 at 3:04 am

    I dont think its fair that i dont get emercency snap in my home in west haven ct. i lost alot of food in the hurricaine i was out of power for four days. some towns get it i dont its not right.

    • Mike on November 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Kevin, These mass replacement benefits are for people on SNAP. IF you are on SNAP, you can still get an individual replacement benefit

  2. susam on November 11, 2012 at 6:07 am

    I also live in west haven down by the shoreline and i get snap i had no power for 7 days why is are town not getting them what is the problem

  3. chris schmitt on November 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    so i live in willington im on a very tight income im promised yo get the replacement benifits well here it is the 19th of nov still no replacement benifits i had to throw away what food i had in my fridge i call dss office in willimantic they still have a recording that there office will be closed oct 10th tell me where do i go to get some help for my and my sons thanksgiving meal

  4. Melody Bryant on November 19, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    So if 50% of the town you live in did not have damage or extended power outages, you do not get the replacement benefits and have to go through hoops and stress to apply for them ? AND how long do you have to wait for them ? I applaud the governor for last years response to Irene, but what now ? Those who got them, I am happy for you. For those who didn’t and qualify, I hope you can make the best of the holiday !

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