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Newsroom SRS to issue replacement food stamps in areas affected by tornado

Manhattan SRS office temporarily closed; staff relocated to shelters

To help Kansans recover from the effects of the tornado that hit Northeast Kansas, the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) is offering replacement of food purchased with food stamp benefits.

Households that received food assistance affected by the tornado may be eligible to receive replacement benefits for the value of food destroyed in the disaster, not to exceed one month’s food stamp allotment.  Application for replacement food stamps must be made within 10 business days of a loss.  SRS will accept applications through June 25, 2008.  SRS caseworkers will assist recipients to complete the necessary paperwork.

The Manhattan SRS Service Center will be closed temporarily due to damage sustained in the storm.  SRS staff will be located at the Manhattan Workforce Center and the Red Cross shelters in Manhattan, Chapman and Abilene to assist individuals seeking assistance.  Staff will remain at the shelters through the weekend or for as long as needed.

“SRS staff are prepared to ensure Kansans’ access to services,” said SRS Secretary Don Jordan.  “In times of crisis it is imperative that we do all we can to support those in need.”

Individuals can receive more information and apply for replacement food stamp benefits at any SRS service center.   For more information call toll-free 1-888-369-4777.