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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

Recipients may also contact either their local district office or call

1-800-852-3345 x 9700.


NH DHHS - Awarded $891,494 in High Performance Bonuses 

Concord, NH – Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas today announced that the New

Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has received two

federal high performance bonuses from the US Department of Agriculture

(USDA) for its quality administration of the Food Stamp Program in Federal

Fiscal Year 2013.

Awarded on September 25, 2014, the first bonus of $314,141 was given in

recognition of accurate determination of eligibility for food stamps. More

specifically, DHHS excelled at ensuring food stamp recipients and

applicants were not closed or denied benefits for inappropriate reasons. A

second bonus of $577,353 was awarded on October 1, 2014, in recognition of

DHHS’ work to ensure that families at risk of hunger are connected to food

benefits through food stamps. Currently 52,222 households in the State

receive food stamps.

"The Food Stamp program provides critical assistance to some of our most

vulnerable citizens, and I applaud the New Hampshire Department of Health

and Human Services for their efficient administration of this important

program," Governor Maggie Hassan said. "New Hampshire runs a program that

is nationally recognized as outstanding for accountability and accuracy,

while also ensuring that our children and families receive assistance to

access healthy food if they need it."

“It's gratifying to be recognized for quality administration of this

important program,” said Commissioner Toumpas. “I am pleased to say that

receiving such bonuses is not unusual for us. This is the 12th food stamp

high performance bonus award in the past 11 years.” According to

Commissioner Toumpas, the awards reflect the excellent teamwork of DHHS

staff on behalf of the citizens of New Hampshire. “Our eligibility workers

perform accurate eligibility and our Food Stamp Program staff ensures

proper adherence to policies so we can be successful in helping those in

need in our State.”

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NH DHHS - Celebrating Forty Years of WIC Services in New Hampshire

WHEN: Monday, September 29, 2014

WHERE: Grappone Conference Center

70 Constitution Avenue

Concord, NH

TIME: 8:00 a.m.

The New Hampshire WIC Nutrition Program will be holding an event to

celebrate 40 years of WIC services in New Hampshire. A daylong event will

be held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord starting at 8:00 AM

and ending at 4:15 PM. Approximately 90 WIC staff at the State and local

offices will be attending. The program will include a morning welcome from

the Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas

and a lunchtime congratulations from Kurt Messner, the USDA Northeast

Regional Administrator. Confirmed dignitaries include U.S. Representative

Ann McLane Kuster, who will speak in the morning, and a representative from

Governor Margaret Hassan’s office, who will present a WIC 40th Anniversary

proclamation. Awards will be presented to State and local WIC agency staff

with 25 or more years of service and to grocery stores in the State that

have accepted WIC vouchers for the entire 40 years

Feb062014 - Food stamps lack transparency  

Hands off: Taxpayers can’t check SNAP expenditures

American taxpayers spent $76 billion on food stamp programs in fiscal 2013, and more than one in 10 Virginians is enrolled.

But any transaction data on what people are buying with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dollars — or even how much individual retailers are getting in payments from the feds — is off-limits to the taxpayers footing the bill.

Read more about how you pay food stamp bills but don’t have the right to review where they money is spent.

First Amendment violation? WI city looking to restrict alcohol, tobacco ads

Attention Lodi business owners: Your city government is looking to infringe on your First Amendment rights.

Mayor Paul Fisk has proposed an ordinance prohibiting alcohol and tobacco advertisements within 500 feet of schools, playgrounds, parks, recreation facilities, child-care centers and libraries.

The ads also cannot be visible from those same locations, even if the distance exceeds 500 feet, or appear on banners, exterior illuminated signs and motor fuel islands.

Read more and let us know your opinion


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Before, only charter schools running unweighted lotteries were eligible for the funding, but the U.S. Department of Education has changed the guidelines.

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CEI Today: New vehicle mandate, Keystone & global warming, the Farm Bill, and more

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
In the News Today

VEHICLE-TO-VEHICLE COMMUNICATIONS - MARC SCRIBNER USDOT Calls for Connected Vehicle Mandate; Security and Privacy Concerns Remain

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
announced today it would chart a regulatory path that would require all new automobiles to be equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications systems sometime in the next several years.

Requiring that cars “talk to each other” before critical issues related to security (how are hackers prevented from manipulating V2V warnings and how are the security systems financed and operated?) and privacy (who owns the V2V data collected and who may obtain it, and under what conditions may they obtain it?) strikes me as premature.
> Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

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National Journal: Should Obama Green-Light Keystone XL?

Anti-Keystone activists have pushed President Obama to base the national interest determination on a single issue – whether Keystone XL would increase incremental greenhouse gas emissions.

Keystone foes assumed this single-factor test gives them a slam dunk. Oil sands extraction is more energy-intensive than conventional oil production. How could expanding infrastructure to bring such oil to market not increase greenhouse gas emissions?

Irony of ironies, if your chief objective in the Keystone XL debate is to limit greenhouse gas emissions and oil spills, you should support the pipeline! > Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

FARM BILL - FRAN SMITH Farm Bill Passes Senate, Goes to President

With the U.S. Senate’s passage February 4 of a farm bill by a vote of 68-32, a nearly $1 trillion (over 10 years) farm bill will govern agriculture policy for the next five years. The House had previously approved the bill last week. About 80 percent of the spending goes for food stamp and nutrition programs.

Even though this was the most contentious farm bill process in recent history, the results are pretty much the same: farmers will get their pork one way or another. > Read more

> Interview Fran Smith




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