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Associated Press, Published April 15 2010

ND households get food help after power outages

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Department of Human Services says nearly 200 low-income households received help after losing food during power outages caused by the Easter weekend snow storm.

The federally funded food assistance program offers replacement benefits to participating households that lose food in disaster-related situations and report verifiable losses.

Arlene Dura, who runs the program for the state, says 186 households requested and received replacement benefits totaling about $45,000. That averages out to about $244 per household.

Dura says the timing of the storm so close to the holiday contributed to the food losses. And she says there might be more households still to seek help.

At the peak of the power outages, more than 8,000 households in western and central North Dakota were in the dark.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.