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  • SNAP, DSNAP cards now allow hot food purchases

    November 14, 2016 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A request to extend a waiver to allow the purchase of hot foods with SNAP and DSNAP benefits has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service. The purchase of hot foods for SNAP and DSNAP benefits will be available through eligible... more »
  • Snapchat changes name to Snap Inc., debuts 'Spectacles'

    September 24, 2016 12:21 PM

    NEW YORK - Social media app Snapchat is changing its corporate name to Snap Inc. and introducing video-recording glasses called 'Spectacles.' The glasses can record video 10 seconds at a time by tapping a button on the device. The video is then uploaded to the 'Memories' section of the popular... more »
  • SNAP recipients can apply for replacement EBT cards

    August 21, 2016 7:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Residents who receive SNAP and lost their Electronic Benefits Transfer cards do to flooding can still make purchases using an EBT card number and pin. According to state officials, SNAP recipients who lost their card should contact the EBT call center at 1-888-997-1117 for a replacement... more »
  • Snapchat introduces new way to save old snaps

    July 6, 2016 4:08 PM

    NEW YORK - Snapchat's commitment to the ephemeral message was ... ephemeral. The popular visual messaging service is giving users a new way to save old "snaps" they shared with friends. The tool, called Memories, lets you save photos or videos or photo montages called "stories." You can later scroll... more »
  • Workforce initiative for SNAP participants to begin Friday Play Video

    June 30, 2016 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A new workforce initiative related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will begin in the state on Friday, July 1. In April, Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order creating new state standards that will require Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents who participate in the SNAP... more »
  • Disaster food stamps sites approved for St. Helena

    April 9, 2016 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Residents in some St. Helena Parishes will soon be able to apply for disaster food stamps benefits. The following St. Helena ZIP codes have been approved for DSNAP disaster food assistance: 70422, 70441, 70443, 70444. Residents in those locations can apply for DSNAP benefits... more »
  • Disaster food stamp applications continue Tuesday Play Video

    March 19, 2016 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In an effort to shorten lines, The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is urging residents seeking to apply for DSNAP benefits to pre-register online before heading to application sites this week. Residents can register at the DSNAP website or by calling 1-888-524-3578 between... more »
  • Data doesn't support Jindal food stamp claim

    January 7, 2016 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal claimed the threat of kicking people off food stamps spurred them into the job market, but data released Thursday shows that's not exactly accurate. In October the Jindal administration announced 61,000 able-bodied adults had 3 months to find work or lose food stamps.... more »
  • DCFS investigating SNAP fraud after storms Play Video

    May 8, 2015 4:32 PM

    NEW IBERIA - State family services officials said Friday they're investigating possible food benefits fraud in Iberia Parish after recent severe weather. Secretary Suzy Sonnier with the Department of Children and Family Services said people who lost power during the April 27 storms could get replacement money from the... more »
  • Some SNAP clients may receive food replacement following power outages

    May 4, 2015 7:13 PM

    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... more »
  • Monroe grocery store owner pleads guilty to benefits fraud

    April 3, 2015 11:44 AM

    MONROE - A Monroe grocery store owner has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide cash and ineligible items to SNAP and WIC recipients in exchange for their benefits. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said 60-year-old Allen Woods, of Monroe, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of criminal conspiracy and one count... more »
  • Wed. maintenance work to suspend EBT transactions

    August 27, 2014 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Xerox, a third party contractor for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, will conduct system maintenance late Wednesday that will suspend Electronic Benefits Transfer transactions for about five minutes. Xerox distributes benefits through EBT for the state's food stamp program and cash benefits through its... more »
  • 3 Monroe women plead guilty in fraud scheme

    August 21, 2014 11:52 AM

    MONROE - Three Monroe grocery store workers have pleaded guilty for their roles in a scheme to exchange SNAP and WIC benefits to customers for cash and ineligible items. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said Wednesday 27-year-old Angela Woods, of Monroe, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal conspiracy before... more »
  • Deputies accuse 3 of food stamp fraud

    August 7, 2014 4:42 PM

    SLIDELL - Sheriff's deputies in St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said they arrested three people accused of unauthorized use of food stamps after an investigation by the state Department of Children and Family Services. Each of the suspects concealed information about their household during the application process in order... more »
  • SNAP cards went to dead people, according to audit

    July 7, 2014 11:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A state audit has found that about $1.3 million in federal food card benefits were used after the legal benefit recipients had died. The audit looked at Louisiana Purchase food cards assigned to one-person households during the four years ending June 30, 2013. It found that 3,938... more »
  • State EBT card system to be tested

    May 8, 2014 12:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Children & Family Services said Thursday retailers should not expect any impact from an upcoming multi-state test of Xerox's EBT card system. DCFS, who contracts with Xerox to distribute benefits for SNAP and other benefits, said that the tests are not expected to... more »
  • More food stamp users disqualified after misuse Play Video

    February 28, 2014 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials said more people have been disqualified from the food stamps program due to abuse during an outage last fall, bringing the total up to 13. The Department of Child and Family Services said they're still going after 500 of the most extreme cases of... more »
  • Senate sends farm bill to White House

    February 4, 2014 5:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - After two years of deadlock, Congress has finally approved a sweeping farm bill. The Senate passed the bill 68-32 after House passage last week. The $100 billion-a-year measure now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature. He'll sign it on Friday in Michigan, the home... more »
  • DHH making changes in nutritional program

    November 25, 2013 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals is making major changes to how it runs its supplemental nutrition program that provides food to poor women and children. It's in response to a new audit showing Louisiana's public health office has done a poor job in monitoring the... more »
  • Temporary SNAP funds cut Play Video

    October 23, 2013 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may notice a smaller balance, starting Nov. 1. Stimulus money from the 2009 Recovery Act is ending at the end of this month. It gave SNAP extra money so low income families could keep food on the table... more »
  • House GOP considers food stamp work requirements

    July 24, 2013 4:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - About 47 million Americans received food stamps last year, but only a relative few are required to work or look for a job as a condition of receiving the aid. Now, House Republicans are considering whether the work requirement should be strengthened as they seek cuts to the... more »
  • Three teens accused in Craigslist scam, armed robbery at park Play Video

    July 16, 2013 9:43 PM

    ZACHARY - Three teens are in police custody after victims snapped their pictures prior to a bait and switch at a neighborhood park. A couple from Baton Rouge shopping on Craigslist found an iPad for $180 and responded to the ad, Zachary Police Chief David McDavid said. According to... more »
  • Report: Felons, prisoners and overpayments in SNAP Play Video

    May 6, 2013 3:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly 2,000 prisoners and drug felons received more than $1 million in food stamp payments during 2011 and 2012, according to a report from the Louisiana Auditor's office. The state food stamp program, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), gave 1,761 incarcerated participants $1,107,740,... more »

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