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Officials will assess the lines at the food stamp sites, and if they are at capacity they may not allow anymore applicants for the day. Also, there will now be a special entrance for elderly and disabled residents, and members of the National Guard will also be on hand to assist people who need help. All applicants will now be able to go inside while they wait.

The approval by the USDA brings the total number of parishes currently eligible for the assistance program to 13 -- Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Terrebonne.

To help expedite the application process, individuals can pre-apply for Hurricane Isaac DSNAP through Tuesday either online at www.dcfs.la.gov/preapply or www.getagameplan.org or by calling 1-888-LAHELP-U (888-524-3578) 24 hours a day. When applying by phone, callers should select the appropriate language and then select options 3 and 3.


The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has released the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) schedule for the six parishes where residents are currently eligible to apply for the assistance. Site hours are from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day.

Assumption - Community Worship Center -- Applicants should park at Lucky Hit Shopping Center, 260 Hwy 70 Spur in Plattenville to be shuttled to DSNAP site.

  • Monday, Sept. 17 - Serving N-Z (Last day for these letters to apply)

Iberville - American Legion Hall, 25050 Hwy 1, Plaquemine or St. Gabriel Community Center, 1400 Gordon S. LeBlanc Dr., St. Gabriel

  • Monday, Sept. 17 - Serving H-L
  • Tuesday, September 18 - Serving A-M (Last day for these letters to apply)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19 - Serving N-Z (Last day for these letters to apply)

St. Helena - Greensburg Fire Station -- Applicants should park at Forest Festival Park on 3rd Street between Hwy 38 and Hwy 43 in Greensburg to be shuttled to the DSNAP site.

  • Monday, Sept. 17 - Serving N-Z (Last day for these letters to apply)

St. Mary - Amelia Community Center, 2109 Duhon Blvd., Amelia or Franklin Recreation Center, Gum Street, Franklin

  • Monday, Sept. 17 - Serving H-L
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18 - Serving A-M (Last day for these letters to apply)
  • Wed., Sept. 19 - Serving N-Z (Last day for these letters to apply)

Terrebonne - Bayou Black, 3688 Southdown Mandalay Rd., Houma

  • Monday, Sept. 17 - Serving N-Z (Last day for these letters to apply)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18 - Serving A-M (Last day for these letters to apply)

Washington - American Legion Post 24, 63613 Lakeview Rd., Bogalusa or Old Franklinton Elementary School, 902 Cleveland St., Franklinton

  • Monday, Sept. 17 - Serving N-Z (Last day for these letters to apply)


The application period for DSNAP benefits in the following parishes has ended and residents are no longer eligible to apply - Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa.


DSNAP is an income eligibility based program to assist eligible households who do not receive regular SNAP benefits and who need help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster. Eligibility are determined by federal guidelines and are based on an individual's known or expected income, resources (such as cash on hand, saving and checking account balances) and unreimbursed disaster expenses during the disaster period of August 26 and September 24. For more information on income guidelines visit www.dcfs.la.gov or call 211.

Applicants knowingly providing inaccurate or incomplete information, as part of a DSNAP application, could face criminal prosecution and disqualification of benefits. DCFS will investigate suspected fraud and aggressively pursue recoupment and possibly prosecution.

Current regular SNAP recipients in those parishes who do not receive the maximum allotted benefits for their household size will have DSNAP benefits added to their EBT cards automatically and do not need to go to a DSNAP site.


The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)announced that the United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service has approved the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) for several parishes that suffered damage in Hurricane Isaac.

The program, formerly called Disaster Food Stamps, provides food assistance for eligible households who do not receive regular SNAP benefits and who need help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster.

To help expedite the application process, individuals should pre-apply for DSNAP prior to Wednesday either online at www.dcfs.la.gov/preapply or www.getagameplan.org or by calling 1-888-LAHELP-U (888-524-3578) between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. When applying by phone, callers should select the appropriate language and then select options 3 and 3.

The following information is required for DSNAP pre-application:

- Names, Social Security Numbers and Dates of Birth for each household member;
- Address and Parish where you currently live;
- Monthly income for each household member; and
- All liquid resources for each household member (cash on hand, checking, savings).

Individuals in the approved parishes who pre-applied for DSNAP must visit a DSNAP issuance site at a time to be determined to verify their identity and information to decide final eligibility before receiving benefit cards. Pre-applying does not guarantee benefits and pre-applicants must go to a DSNAP site to complete the process.

Regular SNAP households DO NOT need to pre-apply. Households that receive regular SNAP benefits in parishes where DSNAP has been activated will automatically have additional DSNAP benefits added to their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards if they are not already receiving the maximum allotment for their household size.

DCFS will open DSNAP sites beginning on Wednesday, September 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at sites soon to be announced in each of the parishes. The sites will be open for a seven day period for applicants on a staggered alphabet schedule that will be released when sites are announced.

Once finalized, site locations will be posted at www.dcfs.la.gov and will be available by calling 211 or 1-888-LAHELP-U.

Applicants may name an Authorized Representative to go to a DSNAP site on their behalf.

Accommodations will be made for the elderly and those with disabilities to reduce on-site wait times.

An estimated 288,155 households could be eligible for DSNAP benefits in the nine declared parishes. Another 115,262 households who already receive regular SNAP benefits will have the disaster benefits automatically added to their EBT cards. Only households who resided in the nine parishes at the time of the disaster are eligible for DSNAP.

Benefit amounts for eligible families are:
Household Size Household Benefit Allotment
1 $200
2 $367
3 $526
4 $668
5 $793
6 $952
7 $1,052
8 $1,202

Each additional member $150


Income Requirements:

The formula adds together monthly household income, as well as liquid resources like checking and savings accounts. It then subtracts unreimbursed disaster-related expenses to arrive at an adjusted gross monthly income. The upper limit of adjusted gross monthly income differs based on family size.

On average, a family of four can have an adjusted gross monthly income of no more than $2,449 to be eligible for DSNAP.

Unreimbursed disaster-related expenses might include things like evacuation costs, such as a hotel stay, purchase of a generator, cost of rebuilding a fence or repairs to a home. Federal guidelines state that the expense must be paid within the benefit period, which for Hurricane Isaac is August 26 through September 25.

Household Size | Disaster Gross Monthly Income limit

1 | $1,503
2 | $1,815
3 | $2,126
4 | $2,449
5 | $2,787
6 | $3,124

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