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DCFS Issues $229.5 Million in Food Assistance in September

09.17.12 - The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Secretary Suzy Sonnier said that the agency has issued nearly $229.5 million in food assistance since September 1.

Since Sept. 5 when the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) was launched, 217,014 households have been approved for $87 million in disaster benefits through Sunday, Sept. 16.

Sonnier said that from Friday through Sunday, 33,365 households were approved for DSNAP benefits totaling more than $12.6 million.

The totals for DSNAP benefits in parishes where the application period has ended are as follows:

Parish DSNAP Cards DSNAP Totals
Ascension 6,069 $2,781,584
Jefferson 64,148 $27,032,461
Lafourche 9,770 $4,176,494
Livingston 6,940 $3,246,393
Orleans 57,793 $19,296,022
Plaquemines 3,885 $1,676,993
St. Bernard 5,313 $2,269,660
St. Charles 4,463 $1,959,769
St. James 2,997 $1,147,469
St. John the Baptist 8,344 $3,448,972
St. Tammany 14,699 $6,609,485
Tangipahoa 11,565 $4,416,526

DSNAP totals through Sunday, Sept. 16 in parishes where the application period is open are as follows:

Parish DSNAP Cards DSNAP Total
Assumption 2,088 $759,052
Iberville 1,566 $579,568
St. Helena 1,185 $420,713
St. Mary 2,188 $970,779
Terrebonne 8,977 $3,889,512
Washington 5,104 $1,912,223

In addition to DSNAP benefits, a total of $110.5 million in regular SNAP benefits for September were issued early to 381,265 households in the state between Sept. 1 and Sept. 4. These benefits normally would have been issued between the 1st and 14th but were issued early to ensure that those eligible for September benefits had resources for food following the storm.

DCFS also automatically issued $17.8 million in replacement benefits for August to 200,720 households in the regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in 19 parishes. August beneficiaries received replacement benefits to assist in replacing food lost from the storm. These benefits equaled 30 percent of the August monthly allotment.

To date, DCFS has issued more than $14.6 million in supplemental food benefits for regular SNAP households in 16 of the declared disaster parishes. The supplement automatically provided added benefits to bring the amount of September SNAP benefits to the maximum amount allowed based on household size.

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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