St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

DCFS Announces DSNAP Locations, Alphabetic Order of Service

DCFS Announces DSNAP Locations, Alphabetic Order of Service

Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2012
State of Louisiana News Desk #: 225.358.5361


Applicants should go to DSNAP sites only on designated day to speed service

BATON ROUGE -- The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today announced locations where residents of nine parishes can finalize their application for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DNSAP) benefits. Additional sites will be announced as the need arises or as additional parishes are approved for DSNAP.

DSNAP, 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.

Each site will serve applicants on a staggered alphabetic schedule. To minimize wait times, applicants and anyone who pre-applied for benefits should go to a DSNAP location only on the day indicated by the first letter of their last name. Applicants who are unable to visit a site on their designated day can go on the final two days each site is open. Applicants can visit any DSNAP site to receive benefits; they are not required to visit the DSNAP site in their parish of residence.

Beginning Wednesday, September 5 through Tuesday, September 11 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
St. John - New Wine Christian Church, 1929 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace

For the above locations, applicants should go on the following designated days based on their last name.

  • Wednesday, September 5  - A through C
  • Thursday, September 6  - D through G
  • Friday, September 7 - H through L
  • Saturday, September 8 - M through R
  • Sunday, September 9 - S through Z
  • Monday, September 10 - All applicants unable to make prior scheduled day
  • Tuesday, September 11 All applicants unable to make prior scheduled day

Regular SNAP households DO NOT need to apply for DSNAP, benefits will be added to their cards automatically.

To help expedite the application process, individuals can pre-apply for Hurricane Isaac DSNAP through Tuesday either online at www.dcfs.la.gov/preapply or www.getagameplan.org or by calling 1-888-LAHELP-U (888-524-3578) 24 hours a day. When applying by phone, callers should select the appropriate language and then select options 3 and 3.

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 accounts, savings accounts).
  • DCFS is working to get DSNAP benefits out to eligible residents as quickly as possible. Intentionally providing inaccurate or incomplete information as part of a DSNAP application could be considered fraud. Strong safeguards are in place to identify DSNAP fraud and abuse. DCFS will work to investigate suspected fraud and aggressively pursue recoupment and possibly prosecution.

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