Alabama DHR helps SNAP recipients affected by severe weather

Recipients who were affected by severe weather can get food replacements.
Recipients who were affected by severe weather can get food replacements.(Source: WSFA12 News)
Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 5:42 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2023 at 10:26 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Human Resources program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, provides food assistance to lower income families monthly across the nation.

After recent severe weather effecting multiple counties in Alabama, the program is extending their services.

“We were able to secure a waiver from the USDA to extend the 10 days reporting requirements for those individuals that are on the SNAP program,” said Brandon Hardin, director of the DHR Food Assistance Division.

There are more than 45,000 SNAP recipients in Autauga, Chambers, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Hale and Tallapoosa counties.

They can now file an affidavit of loss at their local DHR office to replace food lost due to severe weather damage or recent power outages.

“A percentage of their allotment from last month and this month will be given back to them, depending on the amount of food they said they lost,” said Hardin.

Hardin says this is not the first time the division has replaced benefits for recipients.

“Our job is that individuals that are on our program are served regardless of their circumstances going on whether it be a natural disaster or just a regular food assistance application, were there to make sure that their food needs are met,” said Hardin.

SNAP recipients have until Feb. 2 to file for a food replacement.

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