Replacement Food Stamps Will Cover Food Spoiled by Power Outages
Maryland Department of Human Resources Secretary Ted Dallas said that low-income Marylanders enrolled in the Food Supplement Program (FSP) are eligible for replacement benefits to cover food spoiled during power outages from last weekend’s severe storms.
Residents in the FSP program will automatically receive the benefits if they meet certain criteria (see below).
The replacement benefits are funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. Because Gov. Martin O’Malley declared the state to be in a “State of Emergency,” additional USDA benefits become automatically available. Replacement FSP benefits are only available to those already enrolled in the FSP.
Emergency benefits will come automatically if you meet the following criteria:
- If you live in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties or Baltimore City.
- If you are currently were enrolled in the Maryland Food Supplement Program before the storm;
- If you lost power as a result of the severe thunderstorms that affected the entire State of Maryland on June 29 and June 30, 2012; and
- If you had refrigerated or frozen food spoil as a result of that power loss.
No additional action is necessary. If you live in an area outside of these counties, you may qualify, but the replacement benefits will not be automatic.