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With Six Days until Deadline, 66 Percent of Eligible Louisiana Families Apply for Pandemic EBT Program
June 02, 2020
With six days until the deadline, applications for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program have been submitted on behalf of 403,731 children, or about 66 percent of all eligible children in Louisiana. The application portal opened May 18, and the deadline to apply is June 8.
Louisiana to Feed as Many as 600,000+ Students Whose Schools Closed in Pandemic
May 15, 2020
05.15.20 - Louisiana has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help feed as many as 611,430 students during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced today. Under the new Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program, families of children who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school may get financial assistance to replace those meals. All Louisiana public school and many non-public school facilities have been closed since March 16 because of the pandemic.
UPDATE: DCFS Offices Reopening to Public with Limited Capacity
May 15, 2020
DCFS Partners with Louisiana 211 to Provide Information about Resources, Services to Kinship Caregivers
April 23, 2020
04.23.2020 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is partnering with Louisiana 211 to provide kinship caregivers easy access to information about resources and services available to help them and their families.
Supplemental SNAP Benefits to be Issued to Many Louisiana Households on Tuesday
March 30, 2020
Many Louisiana households who received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in March will see an extra boost on their SNAP cards Tuesday (March 31, 2020), following a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorizing supplemental SNAP benefits to bring each household to its maximum allotment by size, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As dictated by federal law, households already receiving the maximum SNAP allotment for their household size will not receive supplemental benefits.
DCFS Child Support Enforcement Services Still Available
March 24, 2020
03.24.20 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Child Support Enforcement staff encourages non-custodial parents and employers to make payments electronically during the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
DCFS Offices Instituting Remote Work Starting Today
March 16, 2020
Waiver Granted for Some Louisiana Parishes as New Federal Rule Brings Work Requirements for Some SNAP Recipients Beginning April 1
March 04, 2020
A new rule that takes effect April 1 will require some Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to meet new federal work requirements to continue receiving federal food assistance, commonly known as “food stamps.” The federal government also has granted a waiver for 14 Louisiana parishes that will not be impacted by the new rule change.
Southern University Law Center, DCFS enter poverty innovation project
February 24, 2020
An innovative collaboration between Southern University Law Center and DCFS will provide guidance and direction for policies that can impact those living in poverty in Louisiana.
Federal Cost of Living Adjustment Will Affect SNAP and Other Benefits Received Through DCFS
December 30, 2019
A federal cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security and veterans benefits for 2020 will result in decreases to some Louisiana residents' Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps, as well as benefits received through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP).