Requesting replacement SNAP benefits after Irma
For SNAP benefit receiving families that were affected by Hurricane Irma, replacement SNAP benefits can be requested in the event of food loss.
Officials with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services say SNAP recipients who lost food purchased with the benefits due to weather disasters such as fire, flood, tornado or other household misfortune and experienced a food loss due to power outages of four hours or more may receive replacement benefits within 10 days after the report of a loss.
To receive benefits, recipients are required to report the loss of food to the local DFCS office and complete an affidavit of a Food Loss Replacement Form verifying the amount of loss within 10 days of the loss.
DFCS officials say they are working to gather power outage verification information directly from the utility companies and that SNAP recipients do not need to reach out to the utility companies for this information.
Editor's Note: Some language in the story has changed after a change in information provided by DFCS.