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DSNAP Approved for Allen, Iberia Parishes Due to Hurricane Delta
January 15, 2021
01.15.2021 - DCFS received approval Thursday, Jan. 14, to begin virtual DSNAP operations for Allen and Iberia parishes due to damages sustained from Hurricane Delta. The application window will be open from Tuesday, Jan. 19, through Friday, Jan. 22.
SNAP Benefits Increasing Temporarily Due to COVID, Starting Jan. 8
January 07, 2021
01.07.2021 - SNAP recipients will see an increase in their benefits for the first six months of 2021, following passage of the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act. The legislation may also make more Louisianans eligible for SNAP by excluding federal unemployment benefits and stimulus checks from consideration as income and by expanding student eligibility.
Louisiana Responds to Unprecedented Food Need in 2020
December 22, 2020
12.22.2020 - Louisiana responded to an unprecedented food need in 2020, a tumultuous year marked by the coronavirus pandemic and three hurricanes that made landfall in the state.
Federal Cost of Living Adjustment Will Affect SNAP and Other Benefits Received Through DCFS
December 21, 2020
12.21.2020 - A federal cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security and veterans benefits for 2021 will result in decreases to some Louisiana residents' Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps, as well as benefits through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP).
SNAP Benefits Schedule Is Changing
December 02, 2020
12.2.2020 - DCFS is beginning a three-month process of transitioning its SNAP benefits schedule to distribute benefits more evenly throughout each month. The Department also received approval to issue supplemental SNAP benefits for December.
December 01, 2020
The federal Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2021, signed on Dec. 27, 2020, includes a temporary, six-month increase in SNAP benefits due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, supplemental SNAP benefits were issued on January 8. The supplements provided families the maximum benefit for their household if they were not already receiving the max amount.
DCFS and First Lady Donna Edwards Celebrate 756 Adoptions from Foster Care with Virtual Event
December 01, 2020
12.01.2020 - DCFS capped National Adoption Month with a virtual event Monday evening celebrating the 549 families who adopted 756 children from foster care during the past year. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the state’s 22nd Annual Adoption Celebration – like many of this year’s adoption ceremonies – was held virtually via Zoom.
DSNAP Approved for 5 More Parishes Hit by Hurricane Delta
November 12, 2020
11.12.2020 - DCFS received federal approval to begin virtual Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) operations in five additional parishes due to damages sustained from Hurricane Delta: Beauregard, Lafayette, Rapides, St. Landry and St. Martin. The application process for this second phase will run from Monday, Nov. 16, to Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.
DCFS Partners with National Safe Haven Alliance for 24/7 Hotline
November 05, 2020
11.5.2020 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has partnered with the National Safe Haven Alliance (NSHA) to offer a 24/7 hotline staffed by highly trained crisis response experts using a holistic approach to help parents who are considering relinquishing their baby under Louisiana’s Safe Haven Law.
Replacement SNAP Benefits Approved for 6 Parishes Following Hurricane Zeta
November 02, 2020
11.2.2020 - Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in 6 Southeast Louisiana parishes will receive automatic 25% replacement benefits due to widespread power outages from Hurricane Zeta, following a waiver approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).