69 counties around Georgia lost power during Hurricane Irma earlier this month and now the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved extra benefits for those who may have had food that spoiled.
The state previously sent a request to the USDA asking 45% of the benefit allotment to be replaced in the 69 affected counties. Subsequently, Georgians who lost food to spoiling during the storm can get additional SNAP benefits without filing paperwork proving the power outage spoiled their food.
The state sent SNAP reimbursement benefits to the accounts over the weekend, so no further action is needed, however, people not in the 69 counties who lost food can still request supplemental benefits through the formal waiver process.
The approved counties include: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Banks, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan, Butts, Camden, Candler, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Dawson, Dooly, Echols, Emanuel, Evans, Glascock, Glynn, Greene, Habersham, Hall, Hancock, Irwin, Jackson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lanier, Lee, Long, Lowndes, Lumpkin, Macon, McIntosh, Mitchell, Monroe, Morgan, Oglethorpe, Peach, Pickens, Pierce, Pulaski, Putnam, Rockdale, Screven, Stewart, Taliaferro, Tattnall, Telfair, Tift, Towns, Turner, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, White, Wilcox, Wilkes and Worth.