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SNAP Updates - 2020 Hurricane Season

SNAP Replacement Benefits - Hurricane Delta
  • SNAP Recipients impacted by Hurricane Delta may be eligible for SNAP Replacement Benefits.
  • We're working with local Offices of Emergency Preparedness and the Public Service Commission to get reports of power outages.
  • If at least 50% of a parish reports power outages of 24 hours or more, we can request mass SNAP benefit replacements for residents.
  • This will prevent the need for paperwork.
  • Residents of parishes that don't meet the 50% standard will have the opportunity to apply for replacement benefits if it is deemed necessary.
  • There is nothing SNAP recipients impacted by the storm need to do at this time. Please await further information from officials.


If automatic SNAP replacements are not authorized, SNAP recipients can apply for replacement benefits

Two Ways to Apply

  • Online
  • Mail or Fax
  • Download a SNAP 38 Form

    — English
    — Spanish
    — Vietnamese

  • Submit completed form

    — By mail: to DPC, P. O. Box 260031, Baton Rouge, LA 70826-9918
    — By fax: (225) 663-3164
    — In person: At your local DCFS office

If replacements are warranted, DCFS expects to issue benefits to your account within 10 days. You will not receive correspondence from DCFS about this request.

SNAP Updates

SNAP Benefits Early Issuance — November 2020 

Because of lingering effects from Hurricane Laura, DCFS will issue regular SNAP benefits early in October. SNAP recipients will receive their benefits on Sunday, November 1.

Supplemental SNAP Benefits — October 2020 

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, DCFS received federal approval for supplemental SNAP benefits for October to bring families to the maximum benefit for their household if they are not already receiving the max amount. Emergency allotments issuance date: Friday, October 16, 2020.

All Recertifications Extended 3 Months

All SNAP recertifications (redeterminations and simplified reports) have been extended for 3 months to allow staff to focus on DSNAP and new SNAP applications. (That means, for example, if you had a redet or simplified report due in September, it will now be due in December. If you had a redet or simplified report due in October, it will now be due in January. And so on.)

Purchase Hot Foods with SNAP Benefits

SNAP recipients can use their benefits to purchase “hot” or prepared foods, following a waiver approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

Dial 211 for Food Assistance
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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.

Learn more about the 211 Louisiana Statewide Network