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Federal Cost of Living Adjustment Will Affect SNAP and Other Benefits Received Through DCFS
December 21, 2021
A federal cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security and veterans benefits for 2022 will result in decreases to some Louisiana residents’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, as well as benefits through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP).
Louisiana to Increase TANF Cash Assistance Benefits Beginning January 2022
December 16, 2021
Louisiana is increasing the cash benefit amounts available through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program for the first time in more than two decades.
Secretary Walters' Statement in Response to Today's Press Conference Regarding Human Trafficking Case
December 13, 2021
12.13.2021 - Statement of DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters in Response to Today's Press Conference Regarding Human Trafficking Case
DCFS and First Lady Donna Edwards Celebrate 612 Adoptions from Foster Care with Virtual Event
November 19, 2021
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) marked National Adoption Month with a virtual event Thursday evening celebrating 470 families who adopted 612 children and youth from foster care during the past year.
Final Day to Apply for DSNAP is Wednesday, Oct. 13
October 12, 2021
10.12.21 - Wednesday, October 13 is the last day to apply for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) benefits for residents of 25 parishes affected by Hurricane Ida.
USDA Increases Monthly Maximum for SNAP Households
October 01, 2021
10.1.2021 - Beginning October 1, 2021, SNAP recipients will see an increase in their monthly household allotment through a reevaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan.
Louisiana Receives Approval to Extend DSNAP Due to High Applicant Volumes
September 29, 2021
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services received federal approval to extend its Hurricane Ida Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) operation by three days to provide the large volume of applicants more time to complete DSNAP interviews.
“Hot Foods” Waiver Extended Through October 28
September 28, 2021
Louisiana received a waiver extension allowing recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Disaster SNAP (DSNAP) and Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to use to purchase “hot” or prepared foods through October 28, 2021.
Hours Extended for DSNAP A-Z Days on Sept. 24-25
September 23, 2021
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is extending the hours for DSNAP interviews on Friday, September 24, and Saturday, September 25, to allow all applicants in Phase 1 parishes regardless of last name to call to interview and apply. The new extended hours for all last names (A-Z) is 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
DSNAP Approved for Residents in 25 Louisiana Parishes Hit by Hurricane Ida
September 14, 2021
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) received federal approval September 14, 2021 to begin Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) operations to provide additional food aid to families impacted by Hurricane Ida.