BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - If you are need of disaster food stamps, this information might help to clear up confusion about the process.
SNAP is the regular food stamp program that approved applicants receive on a regular basis, even in non-emergencies. DSNAP stands for disaster benefits and is given in time of emergencies.
If you are already a SNAP recipient and live in one of the federally designated disaster areas, you will automatically get additional benefits loaded onto your card starting August 26. That amount will be in addition to your regular monthly benefits. PEOPLE WHO ALREADY HAVE SNAP DO NOT HAVE TO REGISTER FOR DSNAP - you do NOT have to call and you do NOT have to visit a site in person.
The DSNAP benefits are being handed out by zip code and by parish. Be warned, some zip codes stretch across two parishes. If that is the case for your zip code, you must wait to apply until the date designated for the parish you live in, regardless of the zip code.
The elderly and disabled who are going to the DSNAP sites are urged to name an authorized representative to go on their behalf so they do not have to wait in line. Authorized representatives must bring with them to the DSNAP site a picture ID and the picture ID of the applicant/head of household along with a signed statement from the applicant/head of household or an adult household member authorizing them as a representative to complete an application on their behalf.
Accommodations will be made for the elderly and those with disabilities to reduce on-site wait times, but they are strongly encouraged to name an Authorized Representative to visit a DSNAP site and complete an application on their behalf.
DSNAP Phase Two will be from Monday, August 29, to Saturday, September 3, for following parishes:
East Baton Rouge
DSNAP Phase Three will be from Monday, September 5, to Saturday, September 10, for following parishes: