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