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Social media food stamps rumors quashed by LA DCFS

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Social media has been abuzz with rumors regarding an increase in SNAP benefits this month. However the Bureau of Communications and Governmental Affairs had denied these rumors and urges SNAP recipients to remain cautious of online, and telephone scams.

The rumor, which has been circulating online since late last week, stated that SNAP recipients would receive an increase in their benefit amount or receive bonus cash funds over the next few months. 

“This rumor is 100 percent false,” said Grace Weber, Public Information Officer for the Bureau of Communications and Governmental Affairs and Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services. 

“SNAP recipients will continue to receive their usual benefit amount on their regularly scheduled day.”

Louisiana DCFS addressed the rumors on social media Monday afternoon.

According to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, the maximum SNAP benefits a person may receive currently ranges from $194 for an individual to $1,169 for a household of 8. These benefits vary with income, and eligibility. 

“DCFS urges clients to be cautious when giving out their EBT card account information, as it increases the likelihood of theft,” said Weber. 

For more on SNAP benefits, click here

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