Baton Rouge: The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has released the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) schedule for Wednesday in the two parishes where residents are currently eligible to apply for the assistance.
St. Mary and Iberville parish DSNAP sites will not operate after Wednesday, September 19. According to federal guidelines, DSNAP sites are authorized by the USDA to operate only for a seven day period.
The following sites will serve applicants from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday who reside in that parish and have last names beginning with N-Z.
- American Legion Hall, 25050 Hwy 1, Plaquemine
- St. Gabriel Community Center, 1400 Gordon S. LeBlanc Dr., St. Gabriel
St. Mary --
- Amelia Community Center, 2109 Duhon Blvd., Amelia
- Franklin Recreation Center, Gum Street, Franklin
The application period for DSNAP benefits in the following parishes has ended and residents are no longer eligible to apply - Ascension, Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and Washington.
To help expedite the application process, individuals can pre-apply for Hurricane Isaac DSNAP either online at www.dcfs.la.gov/preapply or www.getagameplan.org or by calling 1-888-LAHELP-U (888-524-3578). When applying by phone, callers should select the appropriate language and then select options 3 and 3.
DSNAP is an income eligibility based program to assist eligible households who do not receive regular SNAP benefits and who need help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster. Eligibility is determined by federal guidelines and is based on an individual's known or expected income, resources (such as cash on hand, saving and checking account balances) and unreimbursed disaster expenses during the disaster period of August 26 and September 24. For more information on income guidelines, visit www.dcfs.la.gov or call 211.
DSNAP benefits are loaded on to cards at midnight after the card is issued. Technical problems with the DSNAP card can be addressed by returning to the DSNAP issuance site if it is still open or by staff at a local DCFS Economic Stability office.
Individuals who already have received DSNAP cannot reapply. Attempts to defraud the DSNAP program will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Applicants who knowingly provide inaccurate or incomplete information as part of a DSNAP application could face criminal prosecution and disqualification of benefits. DCFS will investigate suspected fraud and aggressively pursue recoupment and possibly prosecution.