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DCFS Approves 20,659 Households at DSNAP Sites Saturday

Highest daily total in four days since program launch

09.09.12 - More than 20,650 households were approved for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) benefits on Saturday, totaling more than $9 million. Saturday's one-day total was the highest yet since the program began on Wednesday and was an increase from Friday's one-day total by more than 3,100 households and $1.8 million in DSNAP benefits.

Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Suzy Sonnier said that in four days, more than 65,297 households have been approved, totaling $27,561,998 in DSNAP benefits.

DSNAP totals by parish for the four days are:
Parish DSNAP Cards DSNAP Total
 Ascension 2,936 $1,364,984
Jefferson  21,350 $9,573,721
Lafourche 4,239  $1,865,014
Livingston 3,318 $1,597,574
 Orleans 19,674 $6,916,003
Plaquemines 1,356 $620,242
St. Bernard 2,594 $1,118,647
St. John the Baptist 3,560 $1,572,715
St. Tammany 6,270 $2,933,098

DSNAP is an income eligibility based program to assist eligible households who do not receive regular SNAP benefits and who need help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster. Eligibility is determined by federal guidelines based on an individual's known or expected income, resources (such as cash on hand, saving and checking account balances) and unreimbursed disaster expenses during the disaster period of August 26 and September 24. For more information on income guidelines visit or call 211.

Applicants who knowingly provide inaccurate or incomplete information as part of a DSNAP application could face criminal prosecution and disqualification of benefits. DCFS will investigate suspected fraud and aggressively pursue recoupment and possibly prosecution.

DSNAP is administered in Louisiana by DCFS and overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Read more about recipients' rights.

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