Some SNAP clients may receive food replacement following power outages
BATON ROUGE - Due to last Monday's severe storms and the widespread power outages that followed in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas, some households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits may be eligible for replacement of lost food.
To be eligible for replacement of a portion of their SNAP benefits, clients must already be receiving food stamp benefits and must have been without power for more than 24 consecutive hours, verifiable by the local power provider.
If a SNAP client meets the above requirements, they must go to the local DCFS office to complete a replacement benefits affidavit attesting to the amount of food lost as a result of the storm. This statement must be recorded within 10 days from the start of the power outage. DCFS says they will not accept affidavits after Thursday, May 7, and all cases will be assessed on an individual basis. Once approved, clients can expect to see benefits reloaded onto their EBT cards within 10 days of completing the required affidavit.
Office hours at the East Baton Rouge office located at 1919 North Blvd will be extended from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to help meet demand.
"We recognize that some individuals may have experienced a food loss as a result of the recent storms," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "To reduce wait times, we have brought in additional staff and extended our office hours making this process as smooth as possible and ensuring that everyone who is eligible for assistance gets it."
For more information, visit the Louisiana DCFS website at http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/ or call (225) 342-0286.