Federal Government Approves Launch of Disaster Food Stamp Program
The parishes declared eligible for disaster food stamps are: Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.
The Department of Social Services will determine a households' eligibility and benefits according to the current DFSP guidelines which can be found at http://www.fns.usda.gov/disasters/response/DFSP_Handbook/guide.htm.
These policies include the following criteria:
Residents will not have to list disaster-related expenses but income levels and liquid resources will be taken into account to determine eligibility. In order to reduce fraud and inaccuracies, a standard disaster expense deduction will be subtracted from that total. Benefit amounts for eligible families are below:
Household Size Disaster Food Stamp Benefit Allotment
Families are encouraged to send their healthiest member to apply as we continue to face the heat of summer. Each applicant should bring the Social Security number of each household member if possible.
Through this program, citizens will also be able to buy hot food as well as groceries due to the large volume of residents without operating kitchens or who are displaced from their homes and living in a hotel, motel or shelter. Food Stamp recipients will be allowed one $25 voucher to be used if the grocers' connection for electronic processing is down to the power outage.
Call 1-888-524-3578 (1-888-LAHELPU) and press option 3 to learn specific site locations as they are established.