NH DHHS - Reminder that Food Stamp Recipients May Request Replacement Benefits Due to Power Outages

Concord, NH –With the approach of a major winter storm, the New Hampshire

Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Division of Family

Assistance is reminding Food Stamp recipients that the USDA Food and

Nutrition Service will replace Food Stamp benefits to recipients affected

by any widespread power outages caused by a winter storm.

A refrigerator, if not opened, will keep food safely cold for about four

hours. After four hours without power, perishable food such as meat,

poultry, fish, soft cheese, milk, eggs, leftovers, and deli items should be

discarded. Federal food stamp policy also establishes four hours as the

minimum time for a power outage in order to replace food stamp benefits.

“It is important for their health and safety that individuals follow the

four hour power outage standard,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas.

“The federal food stamp replacement policy makes the decision to do so

easier because individuals know that they will remain food secure in their

ability to feed themselves and their families after such a household


Food stamp benefits are 100% federally funded. Food Stamp eligibility

policy is also 100% federal, including the policy requirement to replace

benefits lost in these kinds of circumstances. To receive replacement food

stamp benefits, recipients must report the loss within 10 days of the loss

and provide a signed statement indicating the food loss was due to a power

outage related to the storm. The statement must include the total value of

the lost food. An example statement is provided at nheasy.nh.gov.

Recipients may also contact either their local district office or call

1-800-852-3345 x 9700.