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DSNAP is not approved yet - but you need to pre-register

SNAP benefits
Posted at 1:27 PM, Sep 02, 2020

Disaster food stamps have not yet been approved, but if you think you qualify you should pre-register now, state officials say.

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If you already get SNAP, you don't need to register for DSNAP. Instead, the state is working to replace any SNAP benefits you lost. SNAP clients also are getting the maximum benefit now.

If you don't already qualify for SNAP but feel you will qualify for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, you should pre-register now.

DSNAP provides eligible low- to moderate-income households - who do not normally receive SNAP benefits - with help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster.

In order to receive DSNAP benefits when they become available, households must register. The registration is simple and can be done online through the CAFÉ customer portal.

If you've registered for DSNAP before, you need to register again because of changes to the state's computer system, officials say. That also ensures that all addresses, phone numbers and number of family members are up to date.

Registering does not guarantee benefits. DSNAP is only administered after a federally-declared disaster and after the State of Louisiana receives approval from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services to activate DSNAP services.

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