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SNAP Updates - 2020 Hurricane Season

SNAP Replacement Benefits - Hurricane Zeta
  • SNAP Recipients in 6 parishes will receive automatic SNAP replacement benefits because at least 50 percent of their residents lost power for 24+ hours during Hurricane Zeta:
  • Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles and St. Tammany
  • These recipients will receive 25% of their regular monthly allotment as replacements.
  • The benefits will be automatically loaded onto recipients’ SNAP EBT cards on Saturday, November 7th.
  • SNAP recipients in other parishes who lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to a power outage of 24 straight hours or more can request replacement benefits by submitting a completed and signed SNAP 38 form to DCFS. The deadline for requesting replacements due to Hurricane Zeta is Monday, Nov. 9, 2020.

SNAP Replacement Benefits - Hurricane Delta
  • SNAP Recipients in 25 parishes received automatic SNAP replacement benefits because at least 50 percent of their residents lost power for 24 hours during Hurricane Delta:
  • Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Catahoula, Concordia, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Grant, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, LaSalle, Morehouse, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermilion, Vernon, West Feliciana and Winn
  • These recipients received 45% of their regular monthly allotment as replacements.
  • The benefits were automatically loaded onto recipients’ SNAP EBT cards on October 24.


If automatic SNAP replacements were not authorized for your parish, you can apply for replacement benefits.

Two Ways to Apply

  • Online
  •  SNAP 38 Online Form
  • NOTE: The deadline to apply for SNAP replacements for Hurricane Delta and Hurricane Zeta has been extended. The deadline is November 9, 2020.
  • Mail or Fax
  • Download a SNAP 38 Form

    — English
    — Spanish
    — Vietnamese

  • Submit completed form

    — By mail: to DPC, P. O. Box 260031, Baton Rouge, LA 70826-9918
    — By fax: (225) 663-3164
    — In person: At your local DCFS office

Please Note:

DCFS receives power outage information from utility companies and the Public Service Commission. The information is not always complete. You may be contacted and asked to provide information to verify the duration of your power outage.

If replacements are warranted, DCFS expects to issue benefits to your account within 10 days. You will not receive correspondence from DCFS about this request.

SNAP Updates

SNAP Benefits Early Issuance — November 2020 

Because of lingering effects from Hurricane Laura and Delta, DCFS will issue regular SNAP benefits early in November. SNAP recipients will receive their benefits on Sunday, November 1.

Supplemental SNAP Benefits — November 2020 

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, DCFS received federal approval for supplemental SNAP benefits for November to bring families to the maximum benefit for their household if they are not already receiving the max amount. Emergency allotments will be issued on Friday, November 13.

All Recertifications Extended 3 Months

All SNAP recertifications (redeterminations and simplified reports) have been extended for 3 months to allow staff to focus on DSNAP and new SNAP applications. (That means, for example, if you had a redet or simplified report due in September, it will now be due in December. If you had a redet or simplified report due in October, it will now be due in January. And so on.)

Purchase Hot Foods with SNAP Benefits

SNAP recipients can use their benefits to purchase “hot” or prepared foods, following a waiver approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

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It's single access point for details about food pantries and other food assistance sources near you.

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