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Louisiana Purchase Automated Benefit Card

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The state is accepting pre-applications for disaster food stamps that will be made available to many flood victims who otherwise wouldn’t be eligible.

DSNAP, formerly called Disaster Food Stamps, provides help buying groceries for many households who suffered flooding losses in parishes declared a disaster by the federal government – the list is up to 20 parishes as Tuesday night.

Current SNAP recipients don't have to reapply.

Under DSNAP, the eligibility requirements are relaxed for disaster victims, opening access to federal food assistance for victims who wouldn't qualify — they make too much money, for instance — under normal circumstances.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is preparing to ask the federal government to initiate DSNAP, which is coming shortly. But pre-registering will speed the process of getting benefits to individual households.

Applicants can pre-register is online at www.dcfs.la.gov/preregister. Or they can call (888) 524-3578 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The state will need information, such as social security numbers, monthly income and the amounts of checking and savings accounts, to process the applications.

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