News Alert: DCFS Approves 20,659 Households at DSNAP Sites Saturday
Posted: 9/9/2012 8:18:43 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

FOR IMMEDIATE
RELEASE
September 9,
2012


State of Louisiana News Desk #: 225.358.5361


Highest daily total in four days since
program launch


BATON ROUGE -- More than 20,650 households were approved for Disaster
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) benefits on Saturday, totaling more than $9
million. Saturday's one-day total
was the highest yet since the program began on Wednesday and was an increase from Friday's one-day total by more than
3,100 households and $1.8 million in DSNAP benefits.


Department of Children
and Family Services Secretary Suzy Sonnier said that in four days, more than
65,297 households have been approved, totaling $27,561,998 in DSNAP benefits.


DSNAP totals by parish
for the four days are:













































Parish


DSNAP Cards


DSNAP Total


Ascension


2,936


$1,364,984


Jefferson


21,350


$9,573,721


Lafourche


4,239


$1,865,014


Livingston


3,318


$1,597,574


Orleans


19,674


$6,916,003


Plaquemines


1,356


$620,242


St.
Bernard


2,594


$1,118,647


St. John the
Baptist


3,560


$1,572,715


St.
Tammany


6,270


$2,933,098


DSNAP
is an income eligibility based program to assist eligible households who do not
receive regular SNAP benefits and who need help buying groceries due to lost
income or damages following a disaster. Eligibility is determined by federal
guidelines based on an individual's known or expected income, resources (such as
cash on hand, saving and checking account balances) and unreimbursed disaster
expenses during the disaster period of August 26 and September 24. For more information on income guidelines
visit www.dcfs.la.gov or call 211.


Applicants who knowingly provide inaccurate or
incomplete information as part of a DSNAP application could face criminal
prosecution and disqualification of benefits. DCFS will investigate suspected
fraud and aggressively pursue recoupment and possibly prosecution.


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