DSNAP program available to flood victims

DSNAP program available to flood victims

TICKFAW, LA (WAFB) - Disaster food stamps, also known as DSNAP, are now available for people affected by the recent flooding.

Cars lined up early at the Eagle Heights Community Church in Tickfaw to get signed up. Military men and women directed drivers as they came in.

"If they've been affected by the flooding and lost their home, we are here to make sure that we can replace their food and make sure that's one less worry they have to worry about," said Terry Taylor, a manager with the Department of Children and Family Services.

Peggy Brooks is like many people who lost everything in the flooding, from her carpet and food to sentimental possessions.

"Pictures I can't replace," Brooks said. "It's just really horrible. It's just a horrible feeling."

Food stamp requests will be held all week on a staggered schedule. Monday was for people whose last names started with the letters A to D. Tuesday will be letters E to K, Wednesday L to R, and Thursday S to Z.

Anyone making the request should bring a photo I.D. and proof of their social security number.

This program helps a lot of people, but there is also concern about fraud, such as people applying for food stamps they don't need. However, officials said they are fully prepared to handle that.

"We do have a fraud representative that's on site with us," Taylor said. "And if we feel there's an issue she will sit on the interviews and make sure that we cover all of our bases."

For the people that truly do need the benefits, it is a step in the right direction.

"I'm just gonna start over. It looks like it, with the Lord's help, it's gonna get me through," Brooks said.

Sites are open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

No word yet on when benefits will be available for Ascension Parish, which has also been declared a disaster area.

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