Disaster food stamp program to begin Wed in St. Bernard Parish

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) have set up a temporary office in St. Bernard Parish to provide assistance with DSNAP. The program, formerly called Disaster Food Stamps, provides food assistance for 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 program will be housed at Christian Fellowship Church located 5816 E. Judge Perez Drive, Violet from Wednesday, September 5th through Saturday, September 8th and from Monday, September 10th through Wednesday, September 12th.  The hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Residents must park in the Winn Dixie parking lot in Meraux (Legend Dr. & Judge Perez Dr.) and they will be shuttled to and from the church.  Walk-ins and drive-ups will not be accepted.

The following information is required for DSNAP pre-application:

  • Names, Social Security Numbers and Dates of Birth for each household member;
  • Address and Parish where you currently live;
  • Monthly income for each household member; and
  • All liquid resources for each household member (cash on hand, checking, savings).

Individuals in the approved parishes who pre-applied for DSNAP must visit a DSNAP issuance site at a time to be determined to verify their identity and information to decide final eligibility before receiving benefit cards. Pre-applying does not guarantee benefits and pre-applicants must go to a DSNAP site to complete the process.

Regular SNAP households DO NOT need to pre-apply. Households that receive regular SNAP benefits in parishes where DSNAP has been activated will automatically have additional DSNAP benefits added to their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards if they are not already receiving the maximum allotment for their household size.

DCFS will open DSNAP sites beginning on Wednesday, September 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at sites soon to be announced in each of the parishes. The sites will be open for a seven day period for applicants on a staggered alphabet schedule that will be released when sites are announced. Once finalized, site locations will be posted at www.dcfs.la.gov and will be available by calling 211 or 1-888-LAHELP-U.