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Sep 13, 2016
DCFS Issues Nearly $80 Million in Disaster Food Assistance in 21 Parishes
More than 122,000 Households Receive DSNAP Benefits Alone

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) issued nearly $80 million in disaster food assistance in 21 parishes impacted by flooding -- with more than $48.9 million in Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) benefits and more than $30.9 million in disaster-related benefits to regular SNAP households.

"Over the past three weeks, there were approximately 1,400 DCFS staff throughout the state dedicated to serving flood victims," said DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters. "We're committed to helping people every day. Times like these remind us how much our work matters."

Find DSNAP households and benefits by parish, below.

DSNAP is a 100 percent federally-funded benefit program that provides food assistance for non-SNAP recipients who are eligible. due to lost income or disaster-related damages. Eligibility is based on federal guidelines regarding income, resources and disaster-related expenses during the disaster period. DSNAP is administered in Louisiana by DCFS and overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

"Just as we have in the past, we relied heavily on the assistance of our agency partners, the Louisiana National Guard, Louisiana State Police, the Office of Technology Services and other state departments," said DCFS Secretary Walters. "Each played a crucial role in ensuring DSNAP operations went smoothly."

The DSNAP program is designed and executed with safeguards in place to deter and detect fraud, including the onsite presence of DCFS Fraud and Recovery staff and the presence of federal officials. The department will pursue prosecution, restitution, and disqualification of future benefits for anyone who receives fraudulent aid. To report fraud, visit www.dcfs.la.gov/ReportFraud or call 1-888-LA-HELPU (1-888-524-3578) and select option 7.


DSNAP households and benefits by parish:

DSNAP Parish
Approved Households
DSNAP Benefits
Denied Households
Acadia
3,819
$1,478,651
591
Ascension
8,389
$3,786,493
647
East Baton Rouge
39,711
$15,637,406
3,648
East Feliciana
1,372
$501,684
221
Evangeline 1,330 $473,654 413
Iberia
5,887
$2,293,267
661
Iberville
934
$347,928
271
Jefferson Davis
1,370
$496,103
259
Lafayette
11,077
$4,467,836
1,575
Livingston
13,052
$5,900,774
1,039
Pointe Coupee
1,488
$491,393
170
St. Helena
1,415
$484,691
148
St. James
908
$329,524
119
St. Landry 7,031 $2,585,751 1,342
St. Martin
3,870
$1,522,472
517
St. Tammany
611
$275,385
126
Tangipahoa
12,723
$4,834,681
692
Vermilion
4,044
$1,631,528
507
Washington
2,702
$1,012,081
254
West Baton Rouge
635 $242,964
307
West Feliciana
491
$172,696
80
TOTAL
122,859
$48,966,962
13,592



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