LAPLACE, La. - Some hurricane victims can start picking up their disaster food stamps to help buy groceries that were lost in the storm.
Residents that qualify must live in one of the 10 parishes (Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany) that has been approved by the government
Dozens of vehicles were lined up at the Alario Center Wednesday morning, some since 3 a.m., with residents trying to get food stamps and disaster assistance. The doors do not open until 8 a.m.
The stamps are available to people who do not normally get food stamps but needed help after Hurrcane Isaac hit.
There is a staggered alphabetical schedule.
People with last names begining with A-C should go to the assistance locations Wednesday.
The centers will be open everyday until Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Disaster food stamps locations opening Wednesday:
- Orleans: UNO Lakefront Arena
- Jefferson: Alario Center
- St. Bernard: Christian Fellowship Church on East Judge Perez.
- St. Tammany: YMCA
- St. Tammany: First Baptist Church in Covington
- Lafourche: Peltier Park.
- St. John: New Wine Christian Church on Airline Highway.
- Plaquemines: Exceleration Church on Woodland Highway in Belle Chasse
To help speed up the process, call 1-888-524-3578 or visit dss.state.la.us to pre-apply or get more details.
Other parishes are expected to be approved in coming days.
St. Charles residents now qualify for individual assistance grants from FEMA.
The money can be used to replace household furnishings, supplies, home repairs, cleanup items and more.
To find out more, call 1-800-621-FEMA or to apply online go to disasterassistance.gov.
Get more information on assistance sites.