Households in the state of Oregon that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and have lost food due to spoiling as a result of evacuating their homes or having their electricity cut off may be eligible for replacement payments.
During the recent wind and wildfire incidents in Oregon, around 40,000 residents were forced to flee their homes. Beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are now able to make a claim for replacement benefits in the event that they lost food while evacuating or if they threw away food after a power outage because it was unsafe to consume.
Benefit applications are submitted to the Department of Human Services in Oregon, and payments are given to cover the cost of the food that was wasted. The replacement food benefits should be equivalent to the amount that a household receives on average during one month of supplemental food benefits. This should be the request.
It is required that requests for replacement benefits be submitted within ten calendar days of the food loss. After approval has been given, the monies are loaded onto the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card of the household.
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