Replacement SNAP benefits coming to residents in 18 parishes

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FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, a supermarket displays stickers indicating they accept food stamps in West New York, N.J. The Biden administration has approved a significant and permanent increase in the levels of food stamp assistance available to needy families—the largest single increase in the program’s history. Starting in October 2021, average benefits for food stamps (officially known as the SNAP program) will rise more than 25 percent above pre-pandemic levels. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Hurricane Ida left a lot of damage throughout Louisiana and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service is trying to help those who were affected by the storm.

A recent waiver approval from FNS means that residents “in 18 Louisiana parishes impacted by Hurricane Ida will receive automatic 55% replacement benefits due to power outages affecting at least half of their residents.”

A list of the 18 parishes that are eligible can be found below:

  • Ascension
  • Assumption
  • East Baton Rouge
  • East Feliciana
  • Jefferson
  • Lafourche
  • Livingston
  • Orleans
  • Plaquemines
  • St. Bernard
  • St. Charles
  • St. Helena
  • St. James
  • St. John the Baptist,
  • St. Tammany
  • Tangipahoa
  • Terrebonne
  • Washington

SNAP recipients can expect 55% of their August monthly allotment to show up on their SNAP EBT cards by no later than September 11.

The Department of Children and Family Services is also providing the chance to get more benefits to those who lost food due to at least a 24-hour power outage.

Details about this opportunity can be found below:

SNAP recipients in other impacted parishes who lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to a power outage of 24 straight hours or more can request benefits by submitting a completed and signed SNAP 38 form to DCFS. The deadline for requesting replacements due to Hurricane Ida is September 28. SNAP clients may need to provide documentation from their utility company verifying their power outage. This can take time so residents are advised to request their verification documents as soon as possible.

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