Food Assistance for Disaster Relief

Massachusetts Disaster Nutrition Assistance

Last Published: 10/16/2018

Incident:  Power Outages from Multiple Fires cause by Natural Gas Buildup

When: Began September 13, 2018

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • On September 18, 2018, FNS approved Massachusetts’ waiver request for timely household reporting of food loss for certain impacted zip codes in the cities/towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover.   This waiver approval allowed households that suffered power outages due to a household misfortune to make a request for replacement of SNAP benefits through October 8, 2018.  These replacement SNAP benefits allowed households to replace food lost due to the power outages.


Incident: Winter Storm/High Winds, causing Flooding and Power Outages

When: March 2 -3, 2018

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • On March 9, 2018, FNS approved the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance's request to waive the 10-day reporting requirement for replacement of food purchased with SNAP benefits that was destroyed due to power outages resulting from high winds and flooding that began on March 2, 2018.  SNAP households in the State of Massachusetts had until April 2, 2018, to report SNAP food loss and request replacement benefits.  Replacements were authorized for the amount of the loss, not to exceed the monthly allotment for the household.

Massachusetts' SNAP Website

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