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Parish to offer school uniform vouchers

Parish to offer school uniform vouchers

Lafourche Parish Government’s Office of Community Action will begin offering vouchers for school uniforms to qualified families beginning Monday, August 3, according to parish officials.

Executive Director of Community Action Freddia Ruffin-Roberson said this service will enable children to be prepared for the upcoming school year.

The voucher program will provide each qualifying school-aged child in the household with a $40 voucher from Lafourche Parish Office of Community Action to redeem at one the two area stores: Jake’s Kids in Thibodaux and Pat’s of Chauvin in Chauvin.

Vouchers must be issued by the Office of Community Action before visiting any of these stores.

The program will also enable eligible post-secondary students at local universities, technical colleges and training institutions to also obtain their educational goal by providing uniforms – like medical scrubs – with these vouchers as well.

To qualify, Lafourche families must provide the following information to qualify for the program:
- Proof of income (4 check stubs)
- Social Security Cards for everyone
- Proper Identification for head of household
- All household expenses
- Food stamp print out sheet updated in the last 30 days
- Must be a resident of Lafourche Parish

Residents wanting to apply for the vouchers on first come, first served basis need to bring the information listed above on the following days listed below:
- Thibodaux Outreach Office (Lafourche Parish Health Unit), 2535 Veterans Blvd., Thibodaux, 985-446-6731; Wednesday, August 5, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
- Mathews Site Office, 4876 Hwy 1, Mathews, 985-537-7603; Monday, August 3, 9-11a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
- Galliano Outreach Office, 16241 E. Main St. Suite 13B, Cut Off, 985-632-3989; Tuesday, August 4, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

The school uniform voucher program is funded through a Federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), and to qualify for this program, families must be Lafourche Parish residents, and meet income guidelines.

“We believe that this program is an important investment in our children and families, and feel that it’s important that families throughout the parish understand that this is one of several programs offered by the Office of Community Action geared towards helping residents help themselves have a brighter future. Some of the other programs include utility assistance, rental assistance, and tuition assistance,” Parish President Charlotte Randolph said.

For more information, call your local Community Action Office or visit