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Help Announced For Food Stamp Recipients Who Lost Food In Storm

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ More than 208,000 Connecticut households will get help replacing food that spoiled during flooding or power outages from Tropical Storm Irene.

The state Department of Social Services says the federal government is giving more than $13 million for Connecticut participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

That program, formerly known as food stamps, targets low-income families. They will get an average of $62 extra in their September allocations to help replace food they lost, depending on their income and family size.

People can request higher reimbursements if they can show the food they lost was worth more than 25 percent of their monthly SNAP allocation.

Many homeowners’ insurance policies cover food spoilage from extended power outages, though the reimbursement usually kicks in only if the value exceeds the policy’s deductible.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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