Vermont households that receive food stamps and who also lost food during Tropical Storm Irene because of flooding or power outages are getting more time to request extra benefits.
Officials with the 3SquaresVT program say the deadline for requesting a replacement benefit has been extended to Sept. 23. Eligible households should call the Vermont Department for Children and Families. In counties that have been declared federal disaster areas, a verbal description of the food purchased in August and then lost will be sufficient. Households in Essex and Grand Isle counties must submit a signed declaration about the food they lost.