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REPLACING FOOD DESTROYED IN A DISASTER

ISSUE DATE: 12/2014

MFIP:
For replacing the food portion of MFIP, follow the SNAP provisions.


DWP, MSA, GA, GRH:

No provisions.


SNAP:

For information on overall provisions for replacing benefits, see 0024.06 (Provisions for Replacing Benefits), TEMP Manual TE02.11.18 (Food Destroyed in a Disaster).

There is no limit on the number of times units may apply for and receive replacement of food destroyed in a disaster.

Replace benefits used to buy food if EBT, or cash-out money was used to buy food and the food was later destroyed in a disaster. Limit the replacement to the actual value of the destroyed food, up to 1 month's allotment.

Do not replace food losses caused by mechanical breakdown such as appliance failure or power outage, unless caused by a disaster.

Units must report the loss of food within 10 days after the disaster. In addition, units must complete and sign the Non-Receipt/Replacement Affidavit (DHS-1609) (PDF) within 10 days of reporting it. If the 10th day falls on a weekend or holiday, give units until the next working day to return the form.

Issue replacements within 10 calendar days after the unit reports the destruction, or within 2 working days after receiving the completed DHS-1609, whichever is later.

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