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Newsroom SRS to issue replacement food stamp benefits due to flooding in Southeast Kansas

In an effort to help Kansans recover from the devastating effects of flooding in Southeast Kansas, the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) will offer food stamp benefit replacement to cover the loss of food from the flooding. 

"We are working hard to secure the help the residents of Southeast Kansas need to recover from this disaster," said Governor Sebelius. 

USDA guidelines for the replacement of benefits dictate that individuals must contact their local SRS office or case manager within 10 days of a loss. 

Caseworkers will work with recipients to determine value of the food lost and complete the necessary paperwork. Follow up verification will be coordinated with emergency management officials. SRS is only able to replace the value of the food lost ,  up to the amount of benefits actually issued for June 2007. In most cases, benefits should be restored within 24 hours. 

Residents in the following counties affected by the flooding may be eligible for food stamp benefit replacement: Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Cowley, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Linn, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Wilson, and Woodson.  Additional counties may be added as circumstances warrant.

Approximately 14,655 households receive food stamps in the Southeast region. It is unclear at this time how many families have been impacted and what the loss amount may be. 

“During times of great disruption, SRS strives to respond in a timely manner to ensure everyone’s needs are met,” said SRS Secretary Don Jordan. “SRS will provide continued support to the Southeast region during the disaster recovery process.”  

Individuals can receive more information on replacement food stamp benefits by calling SRS toll-free at 1-888-369-4777.