Getting reimbursed for food lost during power outages

CalFresh and local energy providers offer assistance.

Posted: Feb 20, 2019 6:50 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2019 10:34 AM

REDDING, Calif. - There’s good news for CalFresh recipients in Shasta and Tehama counties who had food spoil due to recent power outages.

Representatives from Shasta County Health and Human Services say they can get a little extra money this month to replace food that may have spoiled due to power outages.

Just how much money depends on your household.

But county officials say if you lost power for more than four hours, you may qualify.

“So the CDC recommends that anyone who has lost power for four or more hours get rid of all of the food in their fridge because it's not edible after that,” community education specialist Jill Haskett said. “And you're at higher risk for all kinds of bacterial issues.”

To apply for replacement benefits, you can visit any of the five offices in and around the Redding area.

If you're not a CalFresh recipient, you may qualify to be reimbursed through PG&E’s online claim system.

Or if you're an REU customer, you may be eligible for up to $300 through the CARES assistance program.

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