Disaster food stamps approved for 25 parishes

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The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or D-SNAP, has been approved for 25 parishes impacted by Hurricane Ida.

The application process will begin September 20.

"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," acccording to the Department of Children and Family Services website.

Residents in the approved parishes can call the LAHelpU Customer Service Center, 1-888-524-3578, to apply and be interviewed for DSNAP. Applicants should call 1-888-524-3578, select their language, prompt 6 and then 1 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Translation services are available for individuals whose primary language is not English.

Applications will happen in phases. Residents will be assigned a day, based on the first letter of their last name, to apply and be interviewed for DSNAP.

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Phase 1
Parishes: East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Orleans, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana
Monday, September 20 – Residents with last names beginning with A-F
Tuesday, September 21 – G-M
Wednesday, September 22 – N-S
Thursday, September 23 – T-Z
Friday, September 24 – A-Z (All residents in Phase 1 parishes)
Saturday, September 25 – A-Z (All residents in Phase 1 parishes)

Phase 2
Parishes: Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, Jefferson, Livingston, Plaquemines, St. Helena, St Martin ZIP codes 70339 & 70380, St. Mary, Tangipahoa
Monday, September 27 – Residents with last names beginning with A-F
Tuesday, September 28 – G-M
Wednesday, September 29 – N-S
Thursday, September 30 – T-Z
Friday, October 1 – A-Z (All residents in Phase 2 parishes)
Saturday, October 2 – A-Z (All residents in Phase 2 parishes)

Phase 3
Parishes: Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Terrebonne
Monday, October 4 – Residents with last names beginning with A-F
Tuesday, October 5 – G-M
Wednesday, October 6 – N-S
Thursday, October 7 – T-Z
Friday, October 8 – A-Z (All residents in Phase 2 parishes)
Saturday, October 9 – A-Z (All residents in Phase 2 parishes)

Current SNAP recipients are not elgible for the program, however, SNAP recipients in 18 parishes impacted by Hurricane Ida have received federal approval for automatic replacement benefits due to widespread power outages:
Ascension
Assumption
E. Baton Rouge
E. Feliciana
Jefferson
Lafourche
Livingston
Orleans
Plaquemines
St. Bernard
St. Charles
St. Helena
St. James
St. John
St. Tammany
Tangipahoa
Terrebonne
Washington

These recipients will receive an extra 55 percent of their regular monthly installment.