Tuesday's storms knocked out power for many in West Michigan.

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One of the most devastating parts besides the damage done to homes and property is the financial loss that comes with replacing the spoiled food in your fridge and freezer.

Some West Michigan Residents Are Eligible For Food Replacement After Storms

In Michigan, residents who experience power outages and lose food as a result may be eligible for replacement benefits, particularly if they are recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has provisions in place to assist these individuals.

For example, following severe storms, MDHHS has historically requested and received waivers from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to extend the reporting period for food loss.

This allows SNAP recipients more time to report and request replacements for food spoiled due to power outages.

Such waivers were granted in response to storms in August 2023 and May 2024, covering multiple counties including Branch, Cass, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph, among others.

Residents affected by power outages can call 844-464-3447 to request replacement food benefits.

How Much Food Will Be Replaced?

The replacement amount is based on the quantity of food lost, up to a maximum of one month’s food assistance benefits.

This assistance is only available to those already receiving SNAP benefits and does not cover Pandemic-EBT benefits.

The deadline for requesting replacement benefits is typically set shortly after the incident, such as ten days post-storm or power outage.

This ensures timely support for those impacted, helping them recover from the loss of essential food supplies

If you're not a SNAP receipt you will most likely have to replace any items that were thrown out from your fridge and freezer on your own dime.

If you're unsure about how long food in your fridge or freezer is good for you can get more info here

Michigan Mansion Built in 1916 by Consumers Energy Founder

In 1886, two brothers were tasked with providing electric lighting in downtown Jackson, Michigan. William A. and James B. Foote would make their mark in the town, with William's wife later founding Foote Hospital (now Henry Ford Health). In 1916, James had a home built for himself and his family at 735 W Washington Avenue. Here's a look at what that home looks like over 100 years later courtesy of The Brokerage House

Gallery Credit: Scott Clow

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