The Hurricane Irene Food Stamp Replacement Notice is an effort by the Food Bank to help New Yorkers living on a tight budget to recoup some of the losses from Hurricane Irene.
Recipients seeking replacement food stamps have within 10 days from the time of loss to file a food stamp benefit replacement form. The form, known as the Request for Replacement of Food Purchased with Food Stamp Benefits form, can be filled out online or at a local food stamp center. All forms must be returned to the local food stamp shelter.
“People should know that they need to act quickly, it's an easy process and we don't want people who've lost things already to undergo a process of not having anywhere to turn to,” said Triada Stampas, the director of government relations and public education at the Food Bank.
The replacement benefits cannot exceed the value of the monthly food stamp benefit. And the Human Resources Administration (HRA) can replace the cost of food purchased with food stamps if they were lost due to flooding, extended power outages or equipment failures such as refrigerators and dislocation due to emergency evacuations, leading to an inability to access food purchased with food stamps.
Stampas noted that recipients filing for replacement benefits will see the replacement benefits kick in as quickly as two days.
The last day for applicants to file is next Wednesday, September 7.
More information on the Hurricane Irene Food Stamp Replacement Notice can be found by calling the Food Bank For New York City at (212) 894-8060 or visiting www.foodbanknyc.org to access the Request for Replacement of Food Purchased with Food Stamp Benefits form.
Additionally, any New Yorkers wishing to donate their unwanted, non-perishable food items are encouraged to bring them to their local food pantry. Items such as canned or boxed goods are ideal.