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Replacement SNAP Benefits

SNAP Replacement Benefits - Hurricane Ida
  • SNAP recipients in 18 parishes impacted by Hurricane Ida have received federal approval for automatic replacement benefits due to widespread power outages:
Ascension
Assumption
E. Baton Rouge
E. Feliciana
Jefferson
Lafourche 
Livingston
Orleans
Plaquemines
St. Bernard
St. Charles
St. Helena
St. James
St. John
St. Tammany
Tangipahoa
Terrebonne
Washington 
  • These recipients will receive 55% of their regular monthly allotment as replacements.
  • The benefits will be automatically loaded onto recipients’ SNAP EBT cards by September 11, 2021.

SNAP recipients in other parishes who lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to a power outage of 24 straight hours or more can request replacement benefits by submitting a completed and signed SNAP 38 form to DCFS.

  • SNAP clients may need to provide documentation from their utility company verifying their power outage. This can take time, so residents are advised to request their documentation as soon as possible.
  • The deadline for requesting replacements due to Hurricane Ida is September 28, 2021.


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Amount of Replacement SNAP Benefits

The value of the replacement benefit shall be an amount equal to the value of the lost food purchased with SNAP benefits, up to the maximum of one month of the household's SNAP benefits. If eligible, the replacement benefits are added to the SNAP household's regular EBT card.


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How to Apply for Replacement SNAP Benefits

Application information will be provided after damage and power outage assessments are completed.

Two ways to apply:

  • Online
  • Mail or Fax
  • Download a SNAP 38 Form

    — English
    — Spanish
    — Vietnamese

  • Submit completed form

    — By mail: to DPC, P. O. Box 260031, Baton Rouge, LA 70826-9918
    — By fax: (225) 663-3164
    — In person: At your local DCFS office

After confirming the length of power outages in your area with the Louisiana Public Service Commission, DCFS will determine your eligibility for replacement benefits. If caseworkers need additional information they will contact you. If replacements are warranted, DCFS expects to issue benefits to your account within 10 days. You will not receive correspondence from DCFS about this request


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 SNAP Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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