Apr 2, 2020

COVID-19 SNAP updates


As COVID-19 crisis forces millions into unemployment and children out of school, access to food is more important than ever. Changes to the Supplemental Assistance Program (SNAP) will increase the ability of families to purchase food in the next 2 months. 

 

Many families who receive SNAP got an extra bump in their benefits on March 31 as Louisiana was granted a waiver from the USDA allowing all families to receive the max allowed for their family size for April and May. Those who already recieve the maximum will not see a bump in their benefits. 

From Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS):

"The supplemental benefits, authorized under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, will be automatically loaded onto SNAP recipients’ EBT cards, delivering an estimated $43 million extra per month in federal food assistance to about 265,000 Louisiana households (63% of all SNAP households in the state).

Louisiana residents who recently applied for SNAP, but have not yet been certified eligible or received March benefits, will receive their March benefits and supplements in April after being certified eligible."

For more information, visit DCFS

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