The severe weather that recently struck Oklahoma left many families grappling with its devastating aftermath. Among those affected were families enrolled in various programs provided by Oklahoma Human Services. Regrettably, some of these families experienced the loss of food they had purchased using SNAP benefits due to prolonged power outages.
To ease the burden, SNAP recipients residing in Lincoln, Cleveland, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie, and McClain counties, whose food was spoiled during the severe storms, can now request a replacement of benefits equivalent to their April 2023 allocation. The deadline to submit the request form is Friday, May 19.
How to request SNAP benefits affected by severe stormy weather
Deb Smith, the Director of Adult and Family Services, expressed empathy for the affected families, stating, “We understand that many of our neighbors endured unimaginable hardships and losses during these storms. Our priority is to utilize all available resources and lend a helping hand.” Smith urged affected families to promptly request the replacement of their SNAP benefits, enabling them to focus on their recovery without the additional worry of food costs.
Typically, SNAP customers are given a mere 10 days to report and request a replacement for their benefits. However, the agency secured approval from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA-FNS) to extend the reporting period, granting customers more time to report their loss of food. Residents in the designated counties who suffered from food spoilage can now complete the Request for Destroyed Food Replacement form and submit it before the end of May.
Bill Ludwig, the Southwest Regional Administrator, acknowledged the disruptive nature of unexpected events such as natural disasters, acknowledging they recognize that unfortunate circumstances, like a disaster, can bring unforeseen disruptions to people’s lives. By allowing SNAP recipient families additional time to report their food losses, they hope to provide them with some peace of mind during this challenging period.
How to request your SNAP EBT card replacement or food loss by severe storm
For SNAP recipients who have misplaced their food benefit card, there are convenient options available. They can request a replacement card online through connectebt.com or contact Conduent at 1-888-328-6551. Individuals in need of food assistance can apply for SNAP through OKDHSLive.org using their computer or mobile device.
In cases where online applications are not feasible, applicants can make an application by proxy over the phone by dialing 405-522-5050. Moreover, individuals receiving state benefits, foster care reimbursements, adoption assistance, or Child Support on the “Oklahoma Mastercard” debit card can request a replacement card by calling 1-888-401-9843 for non-Child Support Mastercards, or 1-888-929-2460 for Child Support Mastercards, in situations where their card has been lost due to the storms.
If their homes have been completely destroyed, and they have no means of receiving a replacement card by mail, recipients may request to have the replacement card sent to an alternate mailing address. Individuals seeking benefits are encouraged to conveniently apply online through OKDHSLive.org. For additional services and resources beyond what Oklahoma Human Services provides, individuals can reach out to 2-1-1 or visit the 2-1-1 Oklahoma website.
How to request your SNAP benefits for the first time
If you’re in need of extra support to meet your basic nutritional needs, the SNAP program can provide a vital support. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of applying for SNAP benefits, helping you understand the requirements and steps involved. The first thing to do is to determine whether you’re eligible or not. Your income should fall within the program’s guidelines, and you must be a U.S. citizen or meet specific residency requirements. Additionally, assets such as savings, vehicles, and property are considered during the eligibility evaluation.
To ensure a smooth application process, gather all the necessary documents beforehand. These typically include proof of identity, Social Security numbers for all household members, income verification (such as pay stubs or tax returns), and information about housing expenses and utility bills.
Once you have your documentation ready, you can begin the application process. SNAP applications can usually be submitted online, in person at a local SNAP office, or by mail. Many states also provide a helpline or website where you can find detailed instructions and access application forms. Fill out the application accurately and provide all the requested information.