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EBR DSNAP locations only open five days

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Posted: Sep 24, 2012 2:20 PM by Russell Jones, Brittany Weiss
Updated: Sep 24, 2012 2:20 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - People applying for disaster food aid in East Baton Rouge Parish have fewer days to do so than other parishes.

According to the Department of Children and Family Services, DSNAP locations in the parish will only be open for five days this week. Other parishes have had seven days for people to apply for the aid, formerly known as disaster food stamps.

Each day is scheduled for certain people, based on the first letter of their last name. The extra two days in other parishes were "catch all" days for people who weren't able to make it out on their scheduled day, or were unable to be served on their scheduled day due to demand.

Trey Williams with DCFS said after consulting with the parish mayor's office and Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, they determined East Baton Rouge didn't need the extra days to serve everyone affected by Hurricane Isaac.

"I think we've done a very effective job of getting the word out," Williams told News 2.

Williams said they could issue an extension later in the week if they feel it's necessary.

People unable to make it to a DSNAP location on their scheduled day can have a designated representative come by instead. They'll need a copy of a government-issued ID for the person they're representing, as well as a signed statement from that person authorizing them to act on their behalf.

The schedule for EBR DSNAP locations is as follows:

  • Sept. 24 - A through C
  • Set. 25 - D through G
  • Sept. 26 - H through L
  • Sept. 27 - M through R
  • Sept. 28 - S through Z
The following sites will be open on those days from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to serve East Baton Rouge residents:
  • Southern University F. G. Clark Activity Center, Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge
  • Former Sam's Club, 7685 Airline Hwy, Baton Rouge
  • Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Hwy, Baton Rouge
  • Healing Place Church, 19202 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge
  • Former Walmart, 14740 Plank Rd., Baker
  • Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9030 S. Landry Rd., Gonzales
People are encouraged to pre-apply either online at the DCFS website, or by calling 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578).
News 2's Brittany Weiss will have more information on how DSNAP locations in the parish fared today starting on News 2 at 4 p.m.

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