BATON ROUGE, LA — The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Secretary Suzy Sonnier said that the agency has issued nearly $202.7 million in food assistance since September 1.
Since Sept. 5 when the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) was launched, 183,649 households have been approved for $74.4 million in disaster benefits through Thursday, September 13.
Sonnier said that on Thursday, 18,067 households were approved for D-SNAP benefits totaling nearly $7.7 million.
In addition to D-SNAP benefits, a total of $110.5 million in regular SNAP benefits for September were issued early to 381,265 households in the state between September 1 and September 4. These benefits normally would have been issued between the 1st and 14th but were issued early to ensure that those eligible for September benefits had resources for food following the storm.
DCFS also automatically issued $17.8 million in replacement benefits for August to 200,720 households in the regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in 19 parishes. August beneficiaries received replacement benefits to assist in replacing food lost from the storm. These benefits equaled 30 percent of the August monthly allotment.
Additionally, DCFS will issue a supplemental food benefit for regular SNAP households in 16 of the declared disaster parishes. The supplement will automatically provide added benefits to bring the amount of September SNAP benefits to the maximum amount allowed based on household size. DCFS estimates that supplemental benefits will total around $16 million.