The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in March will have an extra boost for many Louisiana households. The boost follows a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that authorized the SNAP benefits to be maximized in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Households who already receive the maximum allotment will not see an increase in benefits. The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act authorized the automatic loading of the benefits onto SNAP recipients EBT cards. The legislation released about $43 million to about 63 percent of the SNAP households in the state.
Individuals who recently applied for SNAP but have not been deemed eligible or received March benefits will get both months benefits in April after being made eligible. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services will issue supplemental benefits for Louisiana households as well.
he maximum monthly SNAP allotments per household size are as follows:
|Household Size||Maximum Monthly Allotment|
|Each additional member||$146|
According to DCFS, calls to the Customer Service Center have been very high during this time, so the best way for recipients to get an update on their specific case would be through the online CAFÉ customer portal at www.dcfs.la.gov/cafe.