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|SNAP Benefits Increasing for Six Months|
The federal Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2021, signed by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020, includes a temporary, six-month increase in SNAP benefits due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic.
|More Louisianans May be Eligible for SNAP|
|Pandemic SNAP Supplements - January 2021|
|Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, DCFS received federal approval to issue supplemental SNAP benefits for January to bring families to the maximum benefit for their household if they are not already receiving the max amount. Emergency allotments are scheduled to be issued on Friday, January 8.|
|SNAP Interviews, Simplified Reports, Redeterminations|
This fall, DCFS has been operating under federal waivers to allow staff to focus on additional applications associated with hurricanes and the pandemic. Some of these waivers will continue in 2021. Others will come to a close, as follows:
|New Benefit Schedule - Begins December 2020|
In December, DCFS is beginning a three-month process of transitioning its SNAP benefits schedule to distribute benefits more evenly throughout each month. Rather than receiving benefits during the 1st through 14th, SNAP households will soon receive them between the 1st and 23rd of each month.
The new regular schedule, which will go into effect in February 2021, will allow for more even stocking and staffing at grocery stores and more consistent access to a variety of foods for shoppers, as households typically do their shopping on or shortly after the day their benefits are issued.
See the new schedule, along with examples that help explain what it means for you: http://dcfs.louisiana.gov/page/snap-updates-issuance-schedule-changes
|Dial 211 for Food Assistance|
211 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community.
It's single access point for details about food pantries and other food assistance sources near you.