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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THOSE IN IBERIA PARISH WHO RECENTLY SUFFERED FLOOD DAMAGE - FOOD STAMPS
8/17/2016  

Please share this message with anyone affected by the recent flooding in Iberia Parish: ___________________ During the Governor’s visit Iberia Parish President M. Larry Richard spoke to the state official in charge of food stamp benefits about the importance of making disaster food stamp benefits available to affected Iberia Parish residents. In response to this discussion, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) provided the following statement: ...


Aug 15, 2016

FLOOD VICTIMS ENCOURAGED TO PRE-REGISTER FOR DSNAP BENEFITS

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is encouraging those who have experienced loss or damage in the severe storms and flooding to pre-register for benefits under the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP).

DCFS is preparing a DSNAP application for parishes included in the disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana, which includes Iberia Parish.

DSNAP, formerly called Disaster Food Stamps, provides food assistance to eligible households who do not receive regular SNAP benefits and who need help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster. The state must request that the federal government initiate DSNAP, but can only make the request after the president activates the Stafford Act and approves the parish for Individual Assistance (IA).

After the state makes its request, it is expected that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) will respond quickly. In the meantime, DCFS is preparing potential DSNAP application sites and encouraging impacted residents to pre-register for benefits either online or by phone.

The best way to pre-register is online at www.dcfs.la.gov/pregregister. However, residents can also pre-register by phone at 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578) daily between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Callers will select the appropriate language and then select options 3 and 3. All pre-registrants will have to provide the following information:

Name, Social Security Number and Date of Birth for each household member

Current address and parish of household

Monthly income for each household member

All liquid assets for each household member (cash on hand, Checking, Savings)

This information will be kept securely on file and will be confidential.

The pre-registration process does not guarantee benefits, but is designed to save time, minimize long lines and prevent applicants from coming to the site only to find out that they do not have the right information needed to apply.

Residents who are already pre-registered for DSNAP do not need to pre-register again. If the state’s DSNAP request is approved, residents who live in an eligible parish and have pre-registered must still visit a DSNAP application site to verify their information and identity to determine final eligibility and receive benefit cards, if eligible.

Households that receive regular SNAP benefits and live in parishes where DSNAP is activated DO NOT have to visit a DSNAP site to receive supplemental benefits. These households that receive regular SNAP benefits and live in parishes where DSNAP is activated will automatically have supplemental benefits added to their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards if they are not already receiving the maximum allotment for their household size.

As with all programs, DCFS works to ensure this program and others are available for eligible applicants by aggressively protecting against fraud in benefits programs year round. Strong safeguards are in place to ensure that only eligible citizens receive DSNAP benefits, to identify those who are dishonest about their eligibility and to purse recoupment and/or prosecution.




For more information contact:   Prescott Marshall

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