MENDOCINO Co., 10/23/19 — If you live in one of four Mendocino County zip codes that experienced a power shut-off earlier this month on October 9, and you receive EBT/CalFresh benefits, you may automatically receive CalFresh benefits toward replacing food that may have been lost during the power shutdown, Mendocino County’s Health and Human Services department has announced.
If your physical address is in zip codes 95469, 95449, 95587 and 95585 (Potter Valley, Hopland, Piercy and Leggett) and you receive CalFresh benefits, you can receive an automatic 60% replacement of benefits on October 24. If you do not receive the automatic replacement, the application for replacement benefits will be open until November 8 for anyone who lost food during the power shutdown on October 9.
PG&E has so far stated that they are not planning to re-imburse financial losses due to planned power shutoffs, but that they will not charge customers for the time that their power has been turned off. After the larger power shutdown on October 9, Governor Gavin Newsom wrote to the company requesting payments of $100 for residential customers or $250 for business customers to compensate for a forced power shutoff; read more about that in our previous coverage.
Here's more information about to request benefit and more details are included in the full press release:
Mass CalFresh Replacement for Mendocino County Households Affected by PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff
The California Department of Social Services reports that the Food and Nutrition Service has authorized a mass replacement of CalFresh benefits for households affected by PG&E’s pro-active de-energization of power lines that began on October 9, 2019. This approval is for various zip codes within 37 affected counties including Mendocino. The identified zip codes in Mendocino County are 95469, 95449, 95587 and 95585 (Potter Valley, Hopland, Piercy and Leggett). CalFresh households with a physical address within these zip codes will receive a 60% automatic replacement of their October CalFresh allotment on October 24, 2019, with the exception of households that received their issuance on or after October 10, 2019. Households not included in the automatic replacement, who experienced food loss due to the power shutoff, have until November 8, 2019, to request replacement. To request replacement benefits, please contact us at:
Ukiah Office: 1 (877) 327-1711
Fort Bragg Office: 1 (877) 327-1677
Ukiah Office: 737 South State Street, Ukiah, CA 95482
Fort Bragg Office: 764 South Franklin Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437