Food spoiled after Hurricane Delta? You might qualify for help by USDA

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – On Monday October 12th, Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval for emergency food assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Delta.

“The widespread impact of the storm and the power outages impacting retail operations has caused a great need for our citizens. This USDA approval of emergency food allows those in parishes impacted by the storm to immediately receive food from their local food banks without having to complete the usual application for eligibility,” said Strain.

The Disaster Household Distribution (DHD) Temporary Emergency Food Program (TEFAP) will last until October 31, 2020 or until DSNAP is implemented. This is based on the need that existed for Hurricane Laura which impacted much of the same areas. Eligible parishes include: Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Catahoula, Concordia, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Grant, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, LaSalle, Morehouse, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermillion, Vernon, West Feliciana, and Winn.

Food banks will provide drive through and site pick-up points. The food package will consist of 25 pounds canned goods, fruits, vegetables, protein items and other staples such as flour, pasta and rice. DHD food distributions will not operate in any area where DSNAP is in effect. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Food Distribution Program oversees food assistance for schools and during emergency situations.

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