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State Announces Emergency Replacement Food Stamp Benefits Due to Hurricane Irene

Food Stamp Recipients Could Be Eligible For Replacement of Food Lost as a Result of the Storm

September 7, 2011 - The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced that Food Stamp recipients who lost food as a result of Hurricane Irene can obtain replacement Food Stamp benefits.

"The widespread destruction incurred by this storm has been devastating to communities across the State, leaving many without the most basic of necessities, including shelter and food," said OTDA Acting Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin. "The replacement Food Stamps we are issuing will help New York's most vulnerable residents who were impacted by the storm to provide for their families' nutritional needs as they begin the process of recovering from this tragedy."

Food Stamp recipients who lost food as a result of Hurricane Irene may be eligible to receive emergency replacement benefits. These benefits will only be issued to replace food that was purchased with Food Stamps. New Yorkers who think they may be eligible for replacement Food Stamp benefits can contact their local department of social services, or visit http://otda.ny.gov/programs/applications/2291.pdf, fill out the form and submit it to their local social services office to request replacement. A list of county departments of social services can be found at: http://otda.ny.gov/workingfamilies/dss.asp.

Households that do not currently receive Food Stamp assistance can check their eligibility quickly, easily and confidentially, and apply online, by visiting myBenefits.ny.gov.

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