People recovering from recent floods in south Louisiana will receive another month of assistance in buying groceries as they try to rebuild from the floods.
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Gov. John Bel Edwards' office and the state's Department of Children and Family Services announced Monday that a second month of Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance will be automatically loaded by October 18 onto the cards of those already receiving DSNAP benefits.
The eligible flood victims are in Acadia, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, Tangipahoa, Vermilion and West Feliciana parishes.
People already receiving food stamps before the floods will receive another month of assistance through DSNAP as well.
"Two months after the devastating and historic floods across South Louisiana, there are tens of thousands of families in these parishes still trying to get back on their feet," Edwards said in a statement. "We're thankful that the federal government recognizes the need for additional assistance for those who are living in the hardest hit parishes."
About 2,100 households were approved for benefits on Monday in Lafayette Parish and more than 800 in Acadia Parish.
The disaster-related federal government assistance in buying food has been widespread since the August floods. The first round of DSNAP benefits went to 122,000 households in 21 parishes in the first weeks after the floods, totaling $48.9 million in benefits for those who would normally do not receive them.
DCFS is predicting nearly 106,000 households that do not normally receive them will receive a second month of DSNAP benefits, costing the federal government $42 million. Recipients can use their benefits for a year, and then they will expire.
DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters is encouraging those no longer eligiable for DSNAP to lean on their local food banks if they are struggling to afford food.
If people receiving the assistance lost their cards, they can replace them at several offices depending on their parish. Those offices are located at:
Acadia Parish Office — 300 E. First St., Crowley, LA 70526
Ascension Parish Office — 1078 E. Worthy Road, Gonzales, LA 70737
East Baton Rouge Parish Office — 1919 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Lafayette Parish Office — 825 Kaliste Saloom Road, Brandywine Complex VI, Lafayette, LA 70508
Livingston Parish Office — 28446 Charley Watts Road, Livingston, LA 70754
St. Landry Parish Office — 6069 I-49 S. Service Road, Opelousas, LA 70570
Tangipahoa Parish Office — 1211 NW Central Ave., Amite, LA 70422
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