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After a Storm or Power Outage, How May SNAP Members Receive Additional Benefits?


If you do and GET snap or food stamps, you may be entitled to replacement payments.

Other Americans who have been harmed may also be eligible for assistance.

Last year, multiple hurricanes knocked off electricity to millions of Americans.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Extra SNAP Help

SNAP regulation permits a state to reimburse food lost due to family “misfortunes.”

Fire, flood, power outage, equipment failure (refrigerator or freezer), and other calamities are examples.

The replacement cannot exceed the monthly benefit amount.

The USDA says SNAP recipients must obtain replacement cash within 10 days of food loss.

A 12-hour power outage, for example, or a “household misfortune” are both eligible for replacement SNAP payments in Tennessee.

To obtain replacement benefits, fill out an affidavit and transmit it to DHS.

New York and Rhode Island have also granted replacement SNAP payments to people impacted by local disasters.

SNAP replacement benefits are loaded into the current recipient’s EBT card.

After a Storm or Power Outage, How May SNAP Members Receive Additional Benefits?

Other Storm Relief in Tennessee

SNAP  for non-food stamp recipients
Non-food stamp claimants in Tennessee can now obtain help under the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

“Natural catastrophe” aid is provided through D-SNAP, a government program.

A state’s request for assistance must be approved by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service.

Eligible victims receive an electronic benefits card, which snaps recipients use to buy food.

Those on Tennessee’s “regular” SNAP program will not qualify, but those who fit one of the following criteria may be eligible for D-SNAP.

  • Have a home or business in one of the following counties:
  • Damaged or destroyed house or self-employed enterprise.
  • Income loss or inaccessibility owing to disaster-related issues.
  • Emergency costs (home or business repairs, temporary housing, evacuation) are not anticipated to be reimbursed.
  • Those who qualify may pre-register.

An application deadline of February 18th at 4.30 pm CST.


Help With Cash In A

More low-income households in Tennessee may also get up to $1,000 in storm-related relief.

To be eligible for emergency financial assistance, you must live in one of the 12 counties listed above, and be unable to work due to storm damage.

You must also fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be a Families First citizen with a valid SSN
  • Must be a parent of a minor or pregnant
  • Inheritances can’t exceed $
  • A home must be unlivable or suffer “significant” damage to qualify.
  • Workplace damage prevents applicants from working
  • Families’ income must not exceed 85% of the state’s median.
  • If qualified, families of two will get $500, three and four would receive $750, and households of five or more will receive $1,000.

Apply via the D-SNAP link above.

Those in need can obtain up to $80,000 in free cash to help pay bills.

See what other perks you may obtain with food stamps.

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