Power outages around the state have led many to lose perishable food, but Santa Cruz County residents who receive CalFresh benefits may be eligible for a replacement benefit.
The food bought using CalFresh benefits can be replaced if a household has been without power for at least four hours, according to Santa Cruz County.
To get a replacement, CalFresh recipients need to request it at the local county office within 10 days. To report the loss, recipients are asked to call 1-888-421-8080 or go to a walk-in center at 18 W Beach Street in Watsonville or 1020 Emeline Avenue in Santa Cruz.
Each household can get one benefit replacement as a result of food loss, but CalFresh allows households to request and receive multiple replacements in a month.
Santa Cruz County said it reviews replacement requests on a case-by-case basis.