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NEWORLEANS - There's a big change for residents in Orleans and Jefferson parishes who still want to apply for disaster food stamps.

Not only will the sites now be open through Thursday, but the hours have been extended from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The letter system is also being reinstated. On Wednesday at UNO and the Alario Center, residents with last names that begin with A through M will be allowed to apply. On Thursday, residents with last names that begin with N through Zwill be allowed to apply.

State Police closed the eastbound Westbank Expressway near the Alario Center. Traffic is diverted to the Huey P. Long. An alternate route to the Alario Center is River Road to Nine Mile Point Road or Louisiana Street.

The food stamp center in Lafourche at the South Lafourche Parish Library will now stay open through Thursday. On Wednesday, they are accepting residents with last names starting with A through M.

The new deadline for residents in Plaquemines Parish at Exceleration Church and in St. John Parish at the New Wine Christian Church is Friday.

Applications are still being accepted in:

  • St. Charles Parish at the Mount Airy Baptist Church
  • St. James Parish at the Reception Hall in Vacherie
  • Tangipahoa Parish at Harvest Church in Hammond and at the Amite Fire Hall
  • Terrebonne Parish at Bayou Black and the East Houma Bingo Hall
  • Washington Parish at the American Legion Post 24 and at the Old Franklinton Elementary School

Wednesday is the last day to apply in St. Bernard Parish at the Christian Fellowship Church and in St. Tammany at John Slidell Park and the First Baptist Church in Covington.

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