SNAP recipients get extension to report spoilage

Individuals or households that are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will have extra time to apply for assistance if their food spoiled because of the effects of Tropical Storm Iselle.

The extension runs through Saturday. Hawaii SNAP administrators requested an extension, noting that those in Maui County and on the Big Island may need additional time to apply because storm damage and debris may have prevented people from applying.

Reimbursement is limited to the actual dollar value of food destroyed and cannot exceed the household’s current monthly allotment.

Individuals or households applying for reimbursement must provide a Department of Human Services Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division signed statement that includes:

* Name of storm and dates of impact.

* General list of food items lost due to storm-related power outage.

* Length and time household’s power was out.

* Statement that the household is aware of the penalties for the intentional misrepresentation of the facts.

* Statement that the household is aware that the SNAP replacement allotment will not be issued if the required statement is not signed and returned by the deadline.

To reach the BESSD offices, call 984-3300 on Maui, 553-1751 on Molokai and 565-7102 on Lanai.