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ISSUE DATE: 12/2014

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


No provisions.


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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