DCFS Announces Locations for Disaster SNAP Benefits
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) announced the first of three phases of the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for residents to finalize applications for DSNAP benefits.
DSNAP provides food assistance to eligible households who do not receive regular SNAP benefits and who need help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster.
The following locations will be open in Acadiana Monday, Aug. 22, through Saturday, Aug. 27, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Iberia Parish (Including ZIP Codes 70518, 70528, 70552, 70560, 70563, and 70592)
South LA Community College, 908 Ember Dr., New Iberia
- St. Landry Parish (Including ZIP Codes 70512, 70525, 70535, 70541, 70550, 70570, 70577, 70584, 70586, 70589, 70750, and 71358)
Southeast Community Center, 101 City Avenue, Eunice
Yambilee Building, 1939 W Landry St., Opelousas
- Vermilion Parish (Including ZIP Codes 70510, 70533, 70548, 70555, 70575, 70578, and 70592)
First Baptist Church, 210 N. St. Charles, Abbeville
Each of the eight parishes will serve applicants next week on a staggered alphabetical schedule. To minimize wait times, applicants and anyone who pre-registered for benefits should go to a DSNAP location only on one of the days indicated by the first letter of their last name. Applicants who are unable to visit a site on their designated day should go on one of the final days specified.
For the above locations, applicants should go on the following designated days, based on their last name.
- Monday, August 22: A-D
- Tuesday, August 23: E-K
- Wednesday, August 24: L-R
- Thursday, August 25: S-Z
- Friday, March 25: A-K applicants unable to make prior scheduled day
- Saturday, March 26: L-Z applicants unable to make prior scheduled day
Those applying for DSNAP MUST go to a specified DSNAP site for the parish where they resided during the disaster to apply and receive benefits, if eligible.
DSNAP Phase Two will be from Monday, August 29, to Saturday, Sept. 3, for Acadia, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, and Lafayette parishes.
DSNAP Phase Three will be from Monday, September 5, to Saturday, September 10, for Avoyelles, Evangeline, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, St. Martin, Washington and West Feliciana parishes. Sites for these parishes will be announced once the locations are finalized.
The best way to pre-register is online at www.dcfs.la.gov. However, residents can also pre-register by phone at 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578).