DCFS ISSUES $202.7 MILLION IN FOOD ASSISTANCE IN SEPTEMBER
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Secretary Suzy Sonnier said that the agency has issued nearly $229.5 million in food assistance since September 1.
Since Sept. 5 when the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) was launched, 217,014 households have been approved for $87 million in disaster benefits through Sunday, Sept. 16.
Sonnier said that from Friday through Sunday, 33,365 households were approved for DSNAP benefits totaling nearly $12.6 million.
In addition to DSNAP benefits, a total of $110.5 million in regular SNAP benefits for September were issued early to 381,265 households in the state between Sept. 1 and Sept. 4. These benefits normally would have been issued between the 1st and 14th but were issued early to ensure that those eligible for September benefits had resources for food following the storm.
To date, DCFS has issued more than $14.6 million in supplemental food benefits for regular SNAP households in 16 of the declared disaster parishes. The supplement automatically provided added benefits to bring the amount of September SNAP benefits to the maximum amount allowed based on household size.
DSNAP issued 9,770 cards, totaling almost $4.2 million for Lafourche Parish.
Posted on Wed, September 19, 2012