The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has released the following information for current food stamp recipients as well as the possible distribution of Disaster SNAP benefits (DSNAP), if approved by the federal government.
Governor John Bel Edwards spoke about his approval for current SNAP recipients.
If you lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to a power outage of at least 24 hours as a result of Hurricane Barry, you may be eligible for replacement SNAP benefits.
To apply for replacement benefits, you must report the food loss verbally or in writing within 10 calendar days of the household misfortune AND return a signed SNAP 38 form within 10 days of reporting the loss. You may download the form here. Click here for more information.
Governor John Bel Edwards has requested Individual Assistance from the federal government in order to distribute disaster emergency food stamps to eligible families who were impacted by Hurricane Barry. In order for the request to be approved by the federal government, the storm-impacted areas must meet certain thresholds to qualify for assistance, including DSNAP. FEMA representatives are visiting the parish who are currently assessing storm damage and power outage information to determine if the parish has met those requirements. If those requirements are met and Individual Assistance is approved, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services will begin the process of working with parishes on locations, the date and time of possible start pending approval from the federal government.
Households not normally eligible for SNAP may qualify for DSNAP as a result of their disaster- related expenses, such as loss of income, damage to property, and, in some cases, loss of food due to power outages. Eligible households receive one month of benefits, equivalent to the maximum amount of benefits normally issued to a SNAP household of their size. Benefits are issued via an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card, which can be used like a debit card to buy food at most grocery stores.