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Food Stamp Clients to Receive Monthly Benefits Today; Winter storm speeds distribution of electronic benefits

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 02, 2009  
Contact Information:  Media Contacts: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2008) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is helping Kentuckians who receive food stamp benefits recover from the recent winter storm by making food stamp assistance more easily available this month.

CHFS’ Department for Community Based Services usually issues electronic monthly food benefits on a staggered schedule during the first 10 days of the month.

But because of the storm, recipients who have not already received their food benefits allotment for February will have access to benefits on their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards today.

“This is one way we can assist customers who have lost food items because of this devastating storm,” DCBS Commissioner Pat Wilson said. “We want to be sure every food stamp recipient who needs groceries has the means to purchase them.”

Retailers that accept EBT cards will be able to process the transactions if their systems are available.

The Kentucky Grocers Association is assisting retailers with information regarding issues with EBT transactions.

Food stamp recipients who have had food spoilage because of the winter storm can apply for replacement benefits at their local DCBS family support office.

Recipients have 10 days after the food spoilage occurs to apply for replacement benefits of up to their monthly allotment.

Find your local office online at

Most DCBS offices that were recently closed because of power outages have reopened, but several offices remain closed. Call your local office before visiting to ensure it is open to customers, and listen for updates on your local radio station. 

Learn more about food stamp benefits online at

Here are instructions for clients of county offices that have been closed because of power outages.

─ Hickman County clients: Call the Graves County DCBS office at (270) 247-2862 for information.
─ Lyon, Crittenden and Livingston county clients: Call the Muhlenberg County DCBS office at (270) 338-2330.
─ The Hancock County DCBS office will be temporarily located at the Hancock County Middle School, 100 State Route 271 S, Hawesville.
─ The McLean County DCBS office will be temporarily located at the McLean County Health Department at 200 Hwy 81 North, Calhoun.
─ The Ohio County DCBS office will be temporarily located at Southern Elementary, 3836 US Hwy 231 S, Beaver Dam.

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Last Updated 2/2/2009