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About Emergency SNAP Benefits & Disaster Food Stamps

Authored By: Lagniappe Law Lab & Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services

About "Emergency" SNAP Benefits

 

A disaster can trigger issuance of a few different kinds of "emergency" SNAP benefits. Those are:

  • Replacement SNAP - If you are a current SNAP recipient and lose food purchased with your SNAP benefits due to a power outage of at least 24 hours or some other household misfortune, you can apply for replacement SNAP benefits.
     
  • Supplemental SNAP - If you are a current SNAP recipient not receiving the maximum monthly allotment, you may be eligible for supplemental SNAP benefits if a DSNAP is approved for your parish (see DSNAP info below); and
     
  • Disaster SNAP, or DSNAP - If there is a federally declared disaster in which the President authorizes Individual Assistance for your parish, and the parish and state request DSNAP and are approved for DSNAP, you may apply for DSNAP benefits. Current SNAP recipients are not eligible for DSNAP and should not apply.

For More information about Disaster Food Assistance visit www.dcfs.la.gov/DisasterFAQs

Replacement SNAP Benefits Approved for 18 Parishes Following Hurricane IDA

The 18 parishes approved for automatic SNAP replacement benefits are Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and Washington. The benefits – 55% of each household’s monthly allotment for August – will automatically be loaded onto recipients’ SNAP EBT cards on September 11th.

55% of monthly allotment to be automatically loaded on recipients’ cards. 

SNAP recipients in other impacted parishes (not listed above) who lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to a power outage of 24 straight hours or more can request benefits by submitting a completed and signed SNAP 38 form to DCFS.

  • The deadline for requesting replacements due to Hurricane Ida is September 28. 
  • SNAP clients may need to provide documentation from their utility company verifying their power outage. 
  • This can take time so residents are advised to request their verification documents as soon as possible.

Hot/Prepared Foods Approved through Sept. 28th

  • As a result of a federal waiver, SNAP and P-EBT benefits can be used, through Sept. 28, to purchase hot or prepared foods from retailers that accept EBT cards.

SNAP Interviews Suspended through Nov. 30th

  • This includes interviews for new SNAP applications. This doesn’t mean automatic SNAP approval. To be considered for benefits, you must first fully complete your application.
  • It’s important to include identity and all income and resource information and respond quickly to any questions. If staff need additional information, they will contact you, usually via mail.
  • Any missing information will affect your eligibility and lengthen the time it takes to process your application.

Certification Deadlines Extended 3 Months

  • All SNAP certification deadlines have been extended for 3 months, beginning in September.
    • That means, for example, if you have a redetermination or simplified report due in September, it will now be due in December.

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP)- Hurricane IDA

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) received federal approval to begin virtual Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) operations in 25 parishes severely affected by Hurricane Ida.

Visit our resource on How to Apply to DSNAP- Hurricane IDA

  • The pre-registration is simple and can be done online through the CAFÉ customer portal. Pre-registration is only the first step; an application is also required.
    • If you have pre-registered for DSNAP since March 2020, you do not need to pre-register again. You can log into your pre-registration account if you need to update your household’s listed family members and contact information to ensure it is up-to-date ahead of applying for DSNAP.
  • Due to ongoing concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, DSNAP applications will be handled by phone and benefits cards will be mailed to approved applicants.
  • Residents will be assigned a day, based on the first letter of their last name, to apply and be interviewed for DSNAP.

SNAP Recipients Not Eligible for DSNAP

If SNAP clients are eligible for additional benefits in the event of a disaster, those benefits would either be loaded onto their EBT cards automatically or the SNAP recipients would have to submit a form through a process other than the DSNAP.

Last Review and Update: Sep 15, 2021
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