NH DHHS Food Stamp Clients Receive Replacement Benefits Due to ‘Superstorm Sandy’

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) Division of Family Assistance (DFA) is announcing that the

Department is replacing Food Stamp benefits to clients affected by the

widespread power outages during the past week. Towns all over the State

suffered severe power outages as a result of the recent storm. Many homes

in the affected communities lost food creating a critical need for food


"People receiving food stamps on October 29, 2012 who have lost food due to

power outages may have their benefits replaced in an amount that is equal

to their loss of food," said Terry Smith, Director of DHHS's Division of

Family Assistance. "To replace benefits, we will require a signed

affidavit and some sort of proof that the client lives in an area that lost


Recipients may not receive a replacement amount any larger than their

October issuance of food stamps.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service has granted a waiver that allows Food Stamp

recipients to request replacement as late as Wednesday, November 28th. To

request food stamp replacement benefits, please call your local District


Food Stamps is a federal nutrition program that is managed by the State's

Department of Health and Human Services. Another name for food stamps is

SNAP, or Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.