Department of Social Services Prepares for Disaster Food Stamps, Warns Against Calls Asking For SS Numbers
Disaster Food Stamps is a federally authorized program that must be approved by the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services before it can be implemented for eligible Louisiana residents. DSS is working with the USDA/FNS to activate the Disaster Food Stamp Program (DFSP) and to set specific program eligibility criteria and benefits. The guidelines outlined below serve as the criteria to make the request for Louisiana parishes:
In addition to the above criteria, a resident of the declared parishes must also meet financial eligibility requirements. This program is intended to provide food for eligible people who find themselves suddenly, and often critically, in need following a disaster.
Distribution of mass commodities is arranged to fill the immediate need prior to the issuance of Disaster Food Stamps. The National Guard is currently providing food, ice and water in the hardest hit areas of the state.
Specific details on the timeline, the locations and issuance of Disaster Food Stamp benefits will be announced as soon as they are available.
For the latest information on Hurricane Gustav, you can visit emergency.louisiana.gov or call the state's emergency hotline at 1-866-288-2484 to listen to a recorded message with the most up-to-date information.