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BATON ROUGE - Louisiana recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive their April benefits on a modified schedule, as the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) works to transition families back to the regular distribution schedule that was disrupted by the partial federal government shutdown in January.
The April schedule is as follows:
- Recipients who usually receive their SNAP benefits on the 1st through the 9th of each month will receive their benefits for April on their regular issuance date.
- Recipients who usually receive their benefits on the 10th through 14th of each month will receive their benefits on April 9.
May SNAP benefits will be issued according to the regular schedule (1st through the 14th).
The modified schedule for April will ensure that SNAP recipients do not go more than 40 days between issuances, while transitioning families back to the normal schedule for May. March benefits were issued to current SNAP recipients on March 1 and 2.
These and prior adjustments to the schedule resulted from the partial federal government shutdown in January, which required the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service to find a funding loophole that would allow SNAP benefits to continue uninterrupted during the federal government's impasse.
For more information about the issuance of SNAP benefits in Louisiana, visit the DCFS website at www.dcfs.la.gov.
For a flyer with the April 2019 SNAP issuance schedule, visit www.dcfs.la.gov/AprilSNAPflyer.
SNAP Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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