LIMA — Residents who experienced Easter’s southside blackout may have the option to replace any food lost due to the power outage if it was originally purchased through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp program.
On Easter morning, AEP Ohio reported a power shortage caused by a malfunctioning transformer that caused 1,300 households to lose power from early morning to late night, causing some residents to lose their Easter dinner.
Councilor Derry Glenn said since learning of the outage, he has worked with AEP and Allen County Jobs and Family Services to provide a way for those who rely on food stamps to be reimbursed for the loss.
ACJFS Director Joe Patton said any families who may be in such a situation may do so by contacting or visiting the ACJFS office, 1501 S. Dixie Highway. To qualify for reimbursement, Patton said individuals must have been affected by the outage and that only any amount spent on spoiled food will be reimbursed.
Glenn said he is also accepting donations and working with the West Ohio Food Bank to help any families affected by the outage, including those not on food stamps. Those interested can contact Glenn at 419-905-9572.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.