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DCFS provides almost $80M in disaster food assistance in 21 parishes

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services released the totals for the number of people who got some sort of disaster assistance following the historic August flooding. 

According to DCFS officials, the department provided almost $80 million in disaster food assistance in 21 parishes that were affected by flooding. More than $48.9 million of that was distributed through Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) benefits, while more than $30.9 million went to regular SNAP households as disaster-related benefits. 

In all, DCFS said they helped more than 122,000 households across 21 parishes. 

"Over the past three weeks, there were approximately 1,400 DCFS staff throughout the state dedicated to serving flood victims," said DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters. "We're committed to helping people every day. Times like these remind us how much our work matters." 

The DSNAP program is fully funded by the federal government. It provides food assistance for those who do not  already receive SNAP benefits and are eligible due to lose of income or disaster-related damages based on federal guidelines. 

In Louisiana, the program is run by DCFS with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). 

"Just as we have in the past, we relied heavily on the assistance of our agency partners, the Louisiana National Guard, Louisiana State Police, the Office of Technology Services and other state departments," Walters. "Each played a crucial role in ensuring DSNAP operations went smoothly." 

DCFS officials said they are on the look out for any fraudulent claims for aid. Those found to be defrauding the DSNAP program could face prosecution and be forced to pay destitute as well as be disqualified for any future benefits. To report fraud, visit www.dcfs.la.gov/ReportFraud or call 1-888-LA-HELPU (1-888-524-3578) and select option 7. 

The following is a full breakdown of the numbers for all the parishes: 

DSNAP Parish

Approved Households

DSNAP Benefits Denied Households
Acadia
Ascension
East Baton Rouge
East Feliciana
Evangeline
Iberia
Iberville
Jefferson Davis
Lafayette
Livingston
Pointe Coupee
St. Helena
St. James
St. Landry
St. Martin
St. Tammany
Tangipahoa
Vermilion
Washington
West Baton Rouge
West Feliciana
3,819
8,389
39,711
1,372
1,330
5,887
934
1,370
11,077
13,052
1,488
1,415
908
7,031
3,870
611
12,723
4,044
2,702
635
491
$1,478,651 
$3,786,493 
$15,637,406 
$501,684 
$473,654 
$2,293,267 
$347,928 
$496,103 
$4,467,836 
$5,900,774 
$491,393 
$484,691 
$329,524 
$2,585,751 
$1,522,472 
$275,385 
$4,834,681 
$1,631,528 
$1,012,081 
$242,964 
$172,696 
591
647
3,648
221
413
661
271
259
1,575
1,039
170
148
119
1,342
517
126
692
507
254
307
80 
TOTAL 122,859 $48,966,962 13,592

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