Residents urged to pre-register for disaster food assistance

Residents urged to pre-register for disaster food assistance

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services 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 or DSNAP.

The department is preparing a DSNAP application for parishes included in the initial federal disaster declaration for the state of Louisiana. Those parishes currently include East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa - although the list is expected to grow.

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 best way to pre-register is online. Residents can also pre-register by phone beginning Tuesday, Aug. 16 at (888) 524-3578) daily from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 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)
  • The 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.

Find out more information here.

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