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New DSNAP Schedule! Residents May Apply Any Day through Sept. 23
September 20, 2020
Residents in all 21 parishes approved for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) benefits may apply for benefits any day, today through Wednesday (Sept. 23), regardless of last name, following a change in the DSNAP application schedule.
DSNAP Pre-Registration Help Available this Saturday
September 18, 2020
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) LAHelpU Customer Service Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday (Sept. 19) to help residents pre-register for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) benefits.
DSNAP Approved for 3 More Parishes; Phase 1 Extended
September 16, 2020
DCFS has received federal approval to operate DSNAP in three more parishes - Caddo, LaSalle and St. Landry - and will add those parishes to the Phase 2 schedule, which begins Sept. 17. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) also approved DCFS's request to extend Phase 1 for another week, until Sept. 23, allowing residents impacted by Hurricane Laura in the nine Phase 1 parishes additional time to apply for DSNAP benefits.
DSNAP A-Z Days for Phase 1 are Tuesday, Wednesday (Sept. 15 & 16)
September 14, 2020
09.14.2020 - Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 15 and 16, will be open application days for anyone in a DSNAP Phase 1 parish, regardless of last name.
DSNAP Approved for 2 More Parishes
September 11, 2020
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) received approval today to operate a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) in Union and Morehouse parishes, after they were federally approved to receive Individual Assistance due to damages sustained from Hurricane Laura. Both parishes will be added to Phase 2 of the DSNAP operations.
Automatic SNAP Replacements Approved for 26 Parishes
September 09, 2020
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has received federal approval to provide 50% replacement benefits automatically to SNAP recipients in 26 parishes due to widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Laura. USDA also granted approval for DCFS to extend the deadline for recipients in other parishes to apply for replacement SNAP benefits, to extend all SNAP certification deadlines by three months, and to waive formal interviews for new SNAP applicants during the month of September.
DSNAP Approved for 16 Louisiana Parishes
September 08, 2020
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) received approval today to begin virtual Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) operations in sixteen parishes to provide additional food aid to families impacted by Hurricane Laura. The program will run in phases, with the first phase beginning Thursday, Sept. 10.
Louisiana Receives Waiver to Allow Purchase of "Hot Foods" with SNAP Benefits
September 04, 2020
Louisiana participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can use their benefits to purchase "hot" or prepared foods from authorized SNAP retailers during the month of September, following waiver approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).
Phone Line Set Up for Families Trying to Locate Laura Survivors in State-Provided Hotel Rooms
August 31, 2020
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is launching "Connect," a way for families to locate loved ones who evacuated from Hurricane Laura to state-provided hotel rooms.
Reception Center for Evacuees Seeking Shelter Opens at Alexandria MegaShelter
August 31, 2020
Reception Center for Laura Evacuees Moves to Alexandria MegaShelter