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Disaster Food Stamps now available

(The following news release is from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services:)

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service has approved the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) for Orleans Parish.

This program 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 or  or by calling 1-888-LAHELP-U (888-524-3578) between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. by Wednesday, September 5. When applying by phone, callers should select the appropriate language and then select options 3 and 3.

Regular SNAP households DO NOT need to pre-apply. Households that receive regular SNAP benefits 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.