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People who receive food stamps and lost food can receive replacement benefits

Some people without power are losing food they don't have money to replace.  The L&N building on West Broadway is one of several places where people who receive food stamps can come and get replacement benefits.

So far there have been a lot of takers, and this is not the only help available.  Springwater Ocoee has MS and is on a fixed income.  "I get 593 a month....I lost everything."

Ocoee receives monthly food stamp benefits but has been without power since Sunday and lost everything in her freezer:"$63 worth.  That's what I put in my refrigerator, all my meats."

So finding food to eat hasn't been easy this week.  She's been, "eating out of cans -- I got canned green beans and corn, is all I got."

Ocoee is one of several hundred people applying for help through the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  Janet Washington of the cabinet says, "We are replacing people's benefits for the month of September."

Anyone who receives food stamp benefits and lost food because of the power outage can apply for help.  Washington says, "We're asking them to tell us about how many food stamp benefits that you lost this month due to the power outage, and we are replacing those benefits as fast as we can."

That's only part of what's being done to help people who are still without power.  Pastor Barry Washington says members of Redeemed Christian Church at Riverpark and Amy are selling $1 and $2 dinners to neighbors without power this week:  "What comes in a two-dollar dinner is like rib tips, baked beans, cole slaw."

And there's more.  Rev. Larry Coleman of the Lord's Kitchen says, "Yesterday it was over 300 families that we were able to serve."  This week, the Lord's Kitchen mobile unit is also feeding families still in the dark.   Rev. Coleman explains, "The power has been out since Sunday evening, and this is the first hot meal that many have had in Iroquois Housing Projects."

And without that kind of generosity and help, people like Springwater Ocoee would not be able to survive this week.  "There's no way -- I don't have no money."

Clients have until September 23rd to request replacement stamps.

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