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Wednesday, 12 September 2012 14:07
Update: 135,471 Louisiana households approved for disaster food stamps (DSNAP) for $56.5M
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child-hungerThe Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Secretary Suzy Sonnier said that the agency has issued more than $184.8 million in food assistance since September 1. Also, since September 5 when the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) was launched, 135,471 households have been approved for $56.5 million in disaster benefits through Tuesday, September 11. 

A total of $110.5 million in regular SNAP benefits for September were issued early to 381,265 households in the state between September 1 and September 4. These benefits normally would have been issued between the 1st and 14th, but were issued early to ensure that those eligible for September benefits had resources for food following the storm.



An additional $17.8 million in replacement benefits for August was issued automatically to 200,720 households in the regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in nineteen parishes. August beneficiaries received replacement benefits to assist in replacing food lost from the storm. These benefits equaled 30 percent of the August monthly allotment.

Since September 5 when the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) was launched, 135,471 households have been approved for $56.5 million in disaster benefits through Tuesday, September 11.

In addition to benefits already issued, DCFS will issue a supplemental food benefit for regular SNAP households in 16 of the declared disaster parishes. The supplement will automatically provide added benefits to bring the amount of September SNAP benefits to the maximum amount allowed based on household size. DCFS estimates that supplemental benefits will total around $16 million.

Sonnier said that on Tuesday, 28,231 households were approved for DSNAP benefits totaling more than $11.5 million, which is an increase of nearly 7,000 households and more than $2.7 million in DSNAP benefits from Monday's one-day total.

DSNAP totals by parish for the seven days since the program launched are:

 

Parish

DSNAP Cards

DSNAP Totals

Ascension

5,989

$2,749,216

Assumption

189

$72,350

Jefferson

42,209

$18,820,778

Lafourche

8,790

$3,785,932

Livingston

6,859

$3,213,533

Orleans

38,361

$13,477,855

Plaquemines

2,585

$1,150,898

St. Bernard

4,158

$1,793,169

St. Charles

1,575

$703,711

St. Helena

106

$36,799

St. James

644

$252,256

St. John the Baptist

6,268

$2,707,436

St. Tammany

12,060

$5,503,741

Tangipahoa

3,674

$1,415,305

Terrebonne

1,610

$698,671

Washington

394

$149,891


Tuesday was the first day that DSNAP sites in Assumption, St. Helena and Washington parishes were open to applicants. Tuesday also was the last day for residents in Ascension and Livingston parishes to apply for DSNAP.

DSNAP is an income eligibility based program to assist eligible households who do not receive regular SNAP benefits and who need help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster. Eligibility is determined by federal guidelines based on an individual's known or expected income, resources (such as cash on hand, saving and checking account balances) and unreimbursed disaster expenses during the disaster period of August 26 and September 24. For more information on income guidelines, visit www.dcfs.la.gov or call 211.

Applicants who knowingly provide inaccurate or incomplete information as part of a DSNAP application could face criminal prosecution and disqualification of benefits. DCFS will investigate suspected fraud and aggressively pursue recoupment and possibly prosecution.

(DCFS press release)

 

 

              

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