NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Yorkers who depend on food stamps can recoup some of their losses from Hurricane Irene, according to the Food Bank For New York City.

The organization announced Tuesday that recipients who lost their food items because flooding, power outages or equipment failure can reclaim the food stamp benefit value.

To do so, must file a request form within 10 days of the loss.

New Yorkers are also being urged to donate their unwanted non-perishable food items to local food pantries.

For more information on the Hurricane Irene Food Stamp Replacement Notice, residents can call the Food Bank For New York City at 212-894-8060 or visit their website at

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