09/15/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/15/2021 14:14
WASHINGTON, September 15, 2021 - The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that eligible Louisiana residents recovering from Hurricane Ida could qualify for help from the USDA's Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).
Households that may not normally be eligible under regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rules may qualify for D-SNAP - if they meet certain criteria including the disaster income limits and have qualifying disaster-related expenses.
To be eligible for D-SNAP, a household must live in the identified disaster area, have been affected by the disaster, and meet certain D-SNAP eligibility criteria. Eligible households will receive one month of benefits - equal to the maximum monthly amount for a SNAP household of their size to meet their temporary food needs as they settle back home following the disaster. Louisiana will share information about D-SNAP application dates and locations through local media.
The timing of D-SNAP varies with the unique circumstances of each disaster, but always begins after commercial channels of food distribution have been restored and families are able to purchase and prepare food at home. Before operating a D-SNAP, a state must ensure that the proper public information, staffing, and resources are in place.
The D-SNAP announcement today is the latest in a collection of USDA actions taken to help Louisiana residents cope with Hurricane Ida and its aftermath, which also include:
For more information about available aid Louisiana residents can dial 2-1-1 or call 1-888-LAHELPU (1-888-524-3578). For more information about Louisiana D-SNAP, visit http://dcfs.la.gov/DSNAP.
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) leverages its 15 nutrition assistance programs to ensure that children, low-income individuals, and families have opportunities for a better future through equitable access to safe, healthy, and nutritious food, while building a more resilient food system. Under the leadership of Secretary Tom Vilsack, FNS is fighting to end food and nutrition insecurity for all through programs such as SNAP, school meals, and WIC. FNS also provides science-based nutrition recommendations through the co-development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. To learn more, visit www.fns.usda.gov.
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