Health and Family Services Cabinet
Deadline Extended for Food Stamp Clients to Apply for Replacement Benefits; Customers have until Oct. 3 to make claim for groceries destroyed after wind storm

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 24, 2008  
Contact Information:  News Release Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2008) – Kentuckians who lost perishable groceries purchased with food stamp benefits after the recent wind storm have extra time to apply for replacement benefits.

Clients in counties affected by the wind storm whose food was spoiled because of power outages have until Friday, Oct. 3, to apply for replacement benefits at their local Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) family support offices.

DCBS Commissioner Patricia R. Wilson said that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service, which oversees and funds the food stamp program, agreed to Kentucky’s request to extend the application period.

“With several hundreds of families still without power, we wanted to be sure every food stamp client who lost groceries and needs replacement benefits has the chance to apply,” she said.

Replacements are provided in the amount of the loss to the household, up to the household’s full monthly allotment. Customers must sign a statement that they lost food during a power outage and are requesting replacement funds. They also need some form of verification, such as a statement from a neighbor, verifying that they lost electricity. Elderly and handicapped clients may contact their food stamp workers by phone to have an affidavit sent to them to sign and return.

The requests will be processed as they are received. DCBS staff continues to receive a high volume of reimbursement requests and is processing the information as quickly as they are able.

Customers can find the address of their local DCBS family support offices online at https://apps.chfs.ky.gov/Office_Phone/index.aspx/

More information about food stamp eligibility is online at http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dfs/foodstampsebt.htm.

Clients in the following counties are eligible for the replacement benefits:

─ Ballard
─ Boone
─ Breckinridge
─ Bullitt
─ Caldwell
─ Campbell
─ Carlisle
─ Carroll
─ Christian
─ Crittenden
─ Daviess
─ Gallatin
─ Grant
─ Graves
─ Hancock
─ Hardin
─ Henderson
─ Henry
─ Hopkins
─ Jefferson
─ Kenton
─ Livingston
─ Lyon
─ McCracken
─ McLean
─ Marshall
─ Meade
─ Muhlenberg
─ Ohio
─ Oldham
─ Owen
─ Shelby
─ Spencer
─ Trimble
─ Union
─ Webster


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