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Program Description

The Louisiana Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) is the state of Louisiana’s disaster food assistance program.

For the state to offer the program, the President must declare Individual Assistance for the disaster area. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS) must then approve a state request to run a D-SNAP. Local grocery stores must also be open and operating.

After FNS approval, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) sets a limited period for you to apply for D-SNAP.

General Program Requirements

You may qualify for benefits if you meet the conditions below:

  • You do not already get help through the state’s normal SNAP. Current SNAP households may qualify for supplemental disaster or replacement benefits.
  • You were living or, in some cases, working in the declared area at the time of the disaster.
  • You have at least one of the disaster-related effects or unreimbursed expenses below:
    • Home or business repairs
    • Temporary shelter or evacuation expenses
    • Home or business protection
    • Personal injury, including funeral expenses
    • Lost or no access to income
    • Food loss, in some cases, if you have no other disaster-related expenses
  • You plan to buy food during the disaster benefit period.

We base eligibility on your “disaster gross income” or DGI. When you apply, your caseworker follows the steps below to get your DGI.

  1. Add take-home pay, unearned income (like public assistance payments), and liquid resources (like bank accounts and cash on hand).
  2. Subtract unreimbursed disaster-related expenses.

The maximum DGI is set each year based on household size. If your DGI is less than or equal to the maximum, you may qualify for D-SNAP.

Visit FNS's Food Assistance for Disaster Relief page to learn more.

Application Process

The Louisiana D-SNAP online system is always active to take pre-registrations for state- and presidential-level disaster declarations. To learn more and to pre-apply, visit the DSNAP page.

You can also pre-register by phone at 1-888-LAHELPU (1-888-524-3578). Help is available for the visually impaired.

To get benefits, Louisiana DCFS certification staff must review your case to see if you qualify. You may apply in one of two ways:

  • Apply in person at an application site, or
  • Pre-register online and go to an application site to show proof of identity.

If you qualify, you will get an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Your benefits are loaded onto the EBT card and it works just like a debit card at most grocery stores.

Last Updated: 07/25/2018