Disaster survivors may need to access Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits whether they already are getting regular SNAP benefits or they are eligible for benefits in a disaster-impacted area. A disaster can trigger a few different types of “emergency” SNAP benefits. You must be eligible to get benefits.
Disaster survivors who are also SNAP clients are eligible for additional benefits in the event of a disaster. The benefits are automatically loaded onto their EBT cards.
To prepare for hurricane season or other disasters, pre-registering for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) can help speed up the process to get benefits. Pre-registration allows disaster survivors to get a head start on the phone application and interview if DSNAP gets ordered for the parish. DSNAP provides low-to-moderate income households who do not normally have access to SNAP benefits with help buying groceries due to a lost income or damages following a disaster.
Disaster survivors who are not normally eligible for SNAP may qualify for DSNAP because of their disaster-related expenses, damage to property, and in some cases, loss of food due to power outages. Loss of income is considered a disaster-related expense. SNAP recipients are not typically eligible for DSNAP and should not apply for DSNAP. Those benefits will be handled through a separate process after a disaster.
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