Maryland Hunger Solutions Helps Mitigate Food Loss from Extreme Weather Conditions and Power Outages - Alerts Food Stamp Recipients There is Recourse
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sara McGovern, 202-640-1089; firstname.lastname@example.org or Brooke McCauley, 410-528-0021 ext. 25; BMcCauley@mdhungersolutions.org
BALTIMORE – February 14, 2014 – Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) announced today that participants in the Maryland Food Supplement Program (FSP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) who experience food loss due to extreme weather and power outages may be able to have their benefits restored.
“This is critical for families who lost food due to the severe winter weather we have been experiencing in Maryland,” said Maryland Hunger Solutions director Michael J. Wilson. “This winter has been particularly harsh. We encourage anyone who experiences a loss of food to take advantage of benefit restoration."
FSP recipients who lose food because of weather related power outages have legal recourse to reclaim their benefits. In order to qualify for restoration of benefits, recipients must report the loss within 10 days and present a form, as well as a signed statement from a member of the household reporting the food loss.
Complete instructions on how to reclaim lost benefits as well as the required form can be found in the Department of Human Resources (DHR) Food Supplement Program Manual. MDHS and DHR work closely on food access and hunger related issues. Follow this link to the manual - then scroll down for the 470 Restoration of Benefits section. For more information, please call Maryland Hunger Solutions at 410-528-0021.
Maryland Hunger Solutions is the lead research, public education, and advocacy group in Maryland dedicated to using public programs to end hunger in Maryland. Maryland Hunger Solutions is an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center. For more information, visit www.mdhungersolutions.org or follow us on Twitter.