This post was originally published at Healthcarecounts.org on March 23, 2017.
Were you recently affected by the power outage? There is help if your food was spoiled and had to be thrown away.
VISIT A FOOD PANTRY
If you lost food during the outage and need food for your family, food pantries can help. Any eligible member of the community can go to a Food Gatherer’s pantry site for food if they are in an emergency and need food immediately. Emergency food resources are intended for those who do not have financial resources for food, and only provide a few days’ worth of food.
IF YOU CURRENTLY RECEIVE FOOD BENEFITS (SNAP/FAP/BRIDGE CARD), YOU CAN APPLY FOR EXTRA BENEFITS
You must visit your local DHHS office BEFORE or ON MONDAY, 03/27/2017 and request a 601 Affidavit. The 601 Affidavit if printed at the local office and asks you to list the food you lost. The form is returned to the caseworker and you should receive a notice with about 10 days. You are eligible for extra assistance up to the amount of your monthly benefit. If you get $16/month, you will only qualify for $16. If you have a big family and your benefit is $600, you could qualify for up to $600.
Your caseworker can request proof that your power was out. In Washtenaw County, DTE has provided a letter to DHHS listing all the affected zip codes. Here is a link to the letter. Here are the zip codes: 48105, 48108, 48109, 48108, 48118, 48130, 48158, 48176, 48189, 48191, 48197 and 48198. If you are in Wayne County, your DHHS office received a similar letter.
IF YOU CURRENTLY DO NOT RECEIVE FOOD ASSISTANCE FROM DHHS, YOU CAN STILL APPLY FOR HELP.
If you are not currently receiving food assistance from DHHS, your best bet is to visit a food pantry. You can apply for assistance from DHHS by filling out an SER application. SER application in English. SER application in Spanish. You are eligible for $3 per person per day. If you have a big family, it might be worth it to fill out the application. You can also go to the DHHS office and they can assist you with the application. You must apply before or on Monday, 03/27/2017.