BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – People across five parishes can qualify for DSNAP benefits following the May flooding event. Anyone who may be struggling with finances can get help to make sure they don’t go hungry.
Across East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Calcasieu, Lafayette, and Ascension parishes, people are left building their lives back after the May flood. Those who need some help putting food on the table could qualify for disaster SNAP benefits in these zip codes:
- Ascension Parish: 70734, 70737, 70769
- Calcasieu Parish: 70601, 70605, 70607, 70615
- East Baton Rouge Parish: 70802, 70805, 70808, 70809, 70810, 70815, 70816, 70817, 70819
- Iberville Parish: 70764, 70776, 70780, 70788
- Lafayette Parish: 70501, 70503, 70506, 70507, 70520
“It really is for individuals who typically would not be eligible for SNAP but because of a disaster, or in this case, the floods, they could qualify,” said Shavana Howard, Assistant Secretary for Family Support at the Department of Children and Family Services.
The application process began Monday and runs through Friday. On the first day, the Department of Children and Family Services already had 1,400 people call in.
If someone received regular SNAP benefits in May, then they do not qualify for the DSNAP. Someone who may not normally qualify for SNAP could get the special benefits depending on their financial situation being changed by the flood.
“For DSNAP, you’re looking at a larger group of individuals,” Howard said. “It could be that an individual would usually make $5,000 a month but maybe they were impacted by a flood or their building or office space closed down; they’re not going to get that $5,000.”
People who want to apply must register on the DCFS website first and call to set up an interview. Those who do not have access to a computer can register over the phone if they need to.
“People are pre-registering and forgetting to call in to apply,” Howard said. “They really need to call in to apply and then of course verify identity and residency.”
The application process is estimated to take a few days for approval and people have until Friday to apply.