First Phase of Disaster Food Stamps Begins

August 22, 2016

The first phase of the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP), formerly referred to as Disaster Food Stamps, begins Monday for residents impacted by the recent floods.

Locations will be open daily through Saturday, Aug. 27, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. DSNAP locations for affected zip codes have been posted online.

Regular SNAP households do not need to apply for DSNAP.

The second phase of DSNAP will begin on Monday, Aug. 29 and run through Saturday, Sept. 3 for Acadian, Ascension, East Baton Rouge and Lafayette parishes. Phase Three will run from Monday, Sept. 5 to Saturday, Sept. 10 for Avoyelles, Evangeline, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, St. Martin, Washington and West Feliciana parishes.

You can visit www.dcfs.la.gov for the most up-to-date DSNAP information. Below are some FAQs about DSNAP to help you better understand the program.

FAQs

What is DSNAP?

DSNAP provides eligible households-who do not currently receive SNAP benefits- with help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster.

Will I receive DSNAP benefits if I already receive regular SNAP benefits?

If you already receive SNAP benefits and live in a parish or ZIP code where DSNAP is activated, you may automatically have supplemental SNAP benefits added to your EBT cards. You DO NOT need to pre-register or apply for DSNAP. Please do not visit a DSNAP location!

How can I pre-register for DSNAP?

Residents can pre-register online or by phone at 1888-LAHELP-U (888-524-3578).

Should I pre-register for DSNAP?

If you were impacted by the storm and haven’t registered already, we encourage you to do so. It will reduce the time you have to spend at a DSNAP site. If you have pre-registered for DSNAP at any time or already received DSNAP, you DO NOT need to pre-register again. When you visit a DSNAP site to complete your application, the caseworker will be able to update your previous information.

What do I need to provide to receive DSNAP benefits?

  • Name, Social Security Number and Date of Birth for each household member
  • Current address and parish of household
  • Monthly income for each household member
  • All liquid assets for each household member (cash on hand, checking, savings)

Where can I find information about DSNAP locations?

Locations for DSNAP have been posted online and will be updated on the DCFS website for the next two phases. You can also find info on the DCFS Facebook page.