Checking in after Sandy- New Developments
USDA approves waiver to help SNAP recipients devastated by Hurricane Sandy
Between Friday afternoon, November 2nd, and Sunday evening, November 4th, the Governor’s office announced that:
- Individual SNAP recipients have an extended period of time to request replacement benefits. Instead of 10 days, they now have 30 days.
- SNAP recipients living in the hardest hit areas of the state will automatically get a replacement benefit without having to request it. The replacement benefit amount will be 50% of the household’s normal monthly benefit. The areas include Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan and Westchester counties; all of Staten Island, and other sections of New York City. Additional zip codes in New York City that experienced extended power loss may be added as more details about the number of households affected becomes available
- SNAP recipients in New York City and Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan and Westchester counties can use their benefits to purchase hot and prepared foods at EBT retailers until November 30th
OTDA issued a Q&A to help educate clients about these developments.
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