BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) released a statement Monday that said some people who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits could be eligible for replacement of portions of their benefit after last Monday's storm and the power outages that followed.
DCFS officials say for SNAP users to be eligible they must already be receiving SNAP benefits and were without power for more than 24 consecutive hours. The power outage will have to be verified by their power provider.
"We recognize that some individuals may have experienced a food loss as a result of the recent storms," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "To reduce wait times, we have brought in additional staff and extended our office hours making this process as smooth as possible and ensuring that everyone who is eligible for assistance gets it."
Those who meet the requirements must go to their local DCFS office and complete a replacement benefits affidavit.
The affidavit on how much food the user lost must be completed within 10 days from the start of the power outage. DCFS will not accept affidavits after Thursday, May 7.
DCFS officials say cases will be determined based on each individual affidavit. Those approved users can expect to see replacement benefits loaded on their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards within 10 days.
DCFS is bringing in additional staff including eligibility case workers and fraud investigators to help out speed up the process. The office hours at the East Baton Rouge office at 1919 North Blvd. have also been extended to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.