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