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can i file an appeal on a decision to take my food stamps

Q) Can i file an appeal on a decision that was made today to take my food stamps away. During this pandemic if find it hard to get all the things they are requiring of me at this time.

A) If your Social Service Office denies your SNAP benefits or stops or lowers your benefits, you can ask for a fair hearing. A fair hearing, or an “appeal”, is a formal meeting in person at the local Social Service office or by phone.

You can appeal most actions benefit actions. For example, you can appeal if:

SSO Denied your application or recertification
SSO lowers your SNAP and you think it is wrong
SSO denies or ignores a request to correct a SNAP underpayment (under-issuance)
SSO does not increase your SNAP (for example, when your income goes down or someone has moved into your household).
SSO denies or ignores your request to accommodate a disability. See What if a disability makes it hard for me to apply or comply with DTA rules?.
SSO says you have been denied but never sends you written notice.
SSO says you were overpaid SNAP benefits

Please call your local SSO or State SNAP benefits office and request your fair hearing.

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  1. I have had my work hours dramatically reduced since March 09, 2020. I have fully exhausted my regular ui benefits and have received a letter if ineligibility for the PEUC. However, I meet all criteria and have filed an appeal and reconsideration. The CARES ACT is an emergency fund intended for those most impacted by covid 19 and the effects it has in each community. In Hawaii I am a Hospitality Hotel worker, a proud Local5 union member and I am in dire need of financial, rental,, and food assistance. My claim has been denied. Yet, 2020 has not yielded a similar income to that of 2019, gained thru my employment. I have relied on these emergency funds and have met all criteria set forth by the state of Hawaii. State, will u not malama na keiki o ka aina?
    Mahalo for all that has been done in the midst of the Global Pandemic.

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