Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sandy Victims get extra food stamp money in five states

They were getting their monthly welfare amount and they are getting extra taxpayers money because of an act of nature?  Most of them just lost power but lets give them extra money.
More than 130,000 state residents who receive food stamps will find extra money in their accounts this month to cover the cost of food lost after Hurricane Sandy turned out the lights.

"For many families, the replacement of these benefits can mean the difference between having a meal and going hungry," said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The recipients must live within Fairfield and New Haven counties, or any of the other 49 Connecticut towns in which more than 50 percent of residents lost power for at least four hours. The extra benefits will be placed in SNAP accounts on Saturday

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

A total of 73,383 SNAP-enrolled households, or more than 130,000 people, will automatically receive 25 percent 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.

State officials used state power outage and damage assessments to determine the geographical areas to be covered by SNAP replacement benefits, in accordance with federal guidelines.

DSS 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.

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