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Sep 2, 2011 7:51 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

State: Pre-apply for disaster food aid

BATON ROUGE (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services encouraged residents to pre-apply online for disaster food aid, even though the program isn't expected to be needed for the storm system approaching the state.
"September is National Preparedness Month and preparation is critical, especially as we enter the height of hurricane season," Secretary Ruth Johnson said. "With a tropical disturbance moving in the Gulf and current flood watches in effect for our coast, I strongly urge all residents, especially those living in our coastal parishes, to take advantage of our online pre-application."
The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides help for people who don't usually get the benefit formerly known as food stamps, but need help to buy groceries because of damages or lost income after a disaster. Qualifications can vary from disaster to disaster.
Pre-applying doesn't guarantee benefits but saves time after a disaster, Johnson said.
People can pre-apply at www.dcfs.louisiana.gov or www.getagameplan.org.
Residents without Internet access may call 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578) to pre-apply.

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