Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can get assistance replacing food lost due to Hurricane Sandy, the state announced.

The benefit is for current recipients of the program. They can receive an amount equaling 25 percent of what they received from the program in October to will help them replace food destroyed due to power outages, according to a release from the Governor’s Office.

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Program recipients in 16 counties where at least half the population lost power will receive the benefit automatically. They do not need to visit their county welfare agency. The 16 counties include Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean, the release said.

Program recipients in these counties also will be allowed — for a limited time — to buy prepared meals from participating stores with their benefits, an exception to program rules, the release said.

Recipients in Cumberland County also can get the benefit, but they must apply at the county welfare office.

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