The Louisiana Division of Youngsters and Household Providers (DCFS) acquired federal approval September 14, 2021 to start Catastrophe Supplemental Vitamin Help Program (DSNAP) operations to supply extra meals assist to households impacted by Hurricane Ida.
Among the many parishes permitted are two Acadiana parishes and a part of a 3rd.
The USDA Meals and Vitamin Service (FNS) permitted a DSNAP operation for the next parishes and ZIP codes:
- Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin (solely decrease St. Martin parish ZIP codes 70339 and 70380), St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.
The interview course of will run in three phases starting on Monday, September 20. In response to USDA FNS guidelines, DSNAP can not start in communities till all different federal catastrophe meals help in a parish has ended (together with PODs and Catastrophe Family Distribution), energy and phone/web connectivity are restored, mail supply is in operation and grocery retailer cabinets are open.
DSNAP, previously generally known as Catastrophe Meals Stamps, gives meals help to eligible households who don’t obtain common SNAP advantages and who need assistance shopping for groceries as a result of misplaced earnings or damages following a catastrophe.
DSNAP is a way examined program. The state should request that the federal authorities provoke DSNAP, however can solely make the request after the president prompts the Stafford Act and approves the parish for Particular person Help (IA). Every IA-approved parish should additionally request DSNAP earlier than the advantages may be offered to eligible residents of that parish.SNAP recipients usually are not eligible for DSNAP and mustn’t apply.
Details about SNAP advantages modifications associated to Hurricane Ida, together with alternative advantages for meals misplaced as a result of energy outages, may be discovered at www.dcfs.la.gov/page/snap-updates[dcfs.louisiana.gov]
What Candidates Must Know
As a result of ongoing issues associated to the coronavirus pandemic, DSNAP purposes will probably be dealt with by cellphone, and advantages playing cards will probably be mailed to permitted candidates by the U.S. Postal Service.Residents within the permitted parishes can name the LAHelpU Buyer Service Heart, 1-888-524-3578, to use and be interviewed for DSNAP.
Candidates ought to name 1-888-524-3578, choose their language, immediate 6 after which 1 between the hours of seven:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Translation providers can be found for people whose main language will not be English.
Residents are inspired, however not required, to take the next steps earlier than calling to use for DSNAP:
- Pre-register on-line first. Step-by-step directions may be discovered at www.dcfs.la.gov/DSNAP [dcfs.la.gov].
- Obtain the LA Pockets cellular app for identification and residency verification. Data on the app, together with obtain hyperlinks, may be discovered at LAWallet.com
- Collect all info wanted for the appliance. An inventory of what’s wanted may be discovered within the FAQs at www.dcfs.la.gov/DSNAP [dcfs.la.gov]
Residents who pre-registered or utilized for DSNAP since March 2020 don’t have to pre-register once more.
When residents name to use and be interviewed for DSNAP, a employee will confirm the applicant’s identification and residency, and acquire details about their earnings, assets and disaster-related bills incurred between August 26, 2021 and September 24, 2021.
Most candidates will probably be instructed on the cellphone instantly after finishing their software and interview whether or not they have been permitted to obtain DSNAP and, in that case, the quantity of advantages they’ll obtain.
Candidates can even obtain a letter by mail, confirming the eligibility resolution made on their software.
Candidates could title an Approved Consultant (AR) to use for DSNAP advantages on their behalf. The top of family should authorize the individual to function AR on their behalf, and the employee might want to communicate to the pinnacle family to substantiate that they agree for the AR to talk on their behalf.
Residents ought to name the LAHelpU Buyer Service Heart to use and be interviewed for DSNAP on their designated day (in line with the primary letter of their final title) or on the A-Z days, that are open to all residents within the permitted parishes and ZIP codes for every section.
Parishes have been assigned to every section primarily based on energy, phone/web connectivity, mail supply and grocery shops are open on the time the DSNAP request was submitted.
PHASE 1 – September 20-25
E. Baton Rouge, E. Feliciana, Iberia, Orleans, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Washington, W. Baton Rouge and W. Feliciana
Day 1 (Monday, Sept. 20) – Residents with final names starting with A-F
Day 2 (Tuesday, Sept. 21) – G-M
Day 3 (Wednesday, Sept. 22) – N-S
Day 4 (Thursday, Sept. 23) – T-Z
Day 5 (Friday, Sept. 24) – Open for all (letters A-Z) within the Section 1 parishes
Day 6 (Saturday, Sept. 25) – Open for all (letters A-Z) within the Section 1 parishes
PHASE 2 – September 27-October 2
Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, Jefferson, Livingston, Plaquemines, St. Helena, St. Martin (decrease St. Martin Parish ZIPs solely 70339 & 70380), St. Mary and Tangipahoa
Day 1 (Monday, Sept. 27) – Residents with final names starting with A-F
Day 2 (Tuesday, Sept. 28) – G-M
Day 3 (Wednesday, Sept. 29) – N-S
Day 4 (Thursday, Sept. 30) – T-Z
Day 5 (Friday, Oct. 1) – Open for all (letters A-Z) within the Section 2 parishes
Day 6 (Saturday, Oct. 2) – Open for all (letters A-Z) within the Section 2 parishes
PHASE 3 – October 4-9
Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist and Terrebonne
Day 1 (Monday, Oct. 4) – Residents with final names starting with A-F
Day 2 (Tuesday, Oct. 5) – G-M
Day 3 (Wednesday, Oct. 6) – N-S
Day 4 (Thursday, Oct. 7) – T-Z
Day 5 (Friday, Oct. 8) – Open for all (letters A-Z) within the Section 3 parishes
Day 6 (Saturday, Oct. 9) – Open for all (letters A-Z) within the Section 3 parishes
Extra details about DSNAP may be discovered by texting LADSNAP to 898-211 or by visiting www.dcfs.la.gov/DSNAP [dcfs.la.gov].