DSS: SNAP recipients can now apply for replacement for food lost during Matthew

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) — Current SNAP recipients may apply for a replacement of all or part of their October benefits if they lost food as a result of Hurricane Matthew, the South Carolina Department of Social Services announced on Thursday.

The agency says if you are a current recipient who experienced power outages lasting more than four hours, you’re also eligible to apply.

We’re told clients must apply for a replacement in person at a county DSS office. Applicants should be prepared to provide some form of verification to substantiate that your home is in an affected area and a loss of food was suffered.

Types of verification include:
• Newspaper Article
• Letter from the Red Cross or a Food Bank
• Website Printout Showing Outage or Loss (Examples: News web site or power company notification of account outage)
• Letter from a Landlord
• Letter from an Insurance Company
• Letter from the Electric Company

The department adds that South Carolina is not operating a Disaster SNAP program.

If you are not currently receiving SNAP benefits and need assistance on an ongoing basis, you may apply for SNAP benefits online, in person, or by mail or fax.

If you live in an area affected by Hurricane Matthew, check the EMD website or call the local DSS office before you visit to make sure they are open.

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