Government Extends Time for SNAP Food Loss Reporting

The U.S. Food and Nutrition Services approved mass replacements for the Territory of Guam.

September 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service has issued the following extensions and approvals for food loss and benefit replacements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in response to recent weather-related and other incidents. Also this week, the IRS issued tax waivers related to Hurricane Florence.

Mass replacements will be issued for the Territory of Guam. This waiver approval will allow the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services to automatically replace 60% of the September 2018 SNAP benefit for households affected by Typhoon Mangkhut. These SNAP benefits will allow households to replace food lost as a result of Typhoon Mangkhut.

Massachusetts, North Carolina and South Carolina all have been approved to extend the timeframe (normally 10 days from the date of the disaster) in which SNAP participants may attest to food loss and request benefit replacements. Because of gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts, clients may attest to food loss and request benefit replacement until October 8 in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence counties.

Because of Hurricane Florence, in North Carolina, clients may attest food loss and request benefit replacement until October 15 statewide. In South Carolina, clients may attest to food loss and request benefit replacement until October 15 in Berkeley, Beaufort, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, Williamsburg and York counties.

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