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DSNAP Hurricane Laura

Phase 2 Begins September 17; Phase 1 Extended

DSNAP Approved for 3 More Parishes

September 16, 2020 - DCFS has received federal approval to operate a DSNAP in three more parishes - Caddo, LaSalle and St. Landry - and will add those parishes to the Phase 2 schedule.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) also approved DCFS's request to extend Phase 1 for another week, until Sept. 23, allowing residents impacted by Hurricane Laura in the nine Phase 1 parishes additional time to apply for DSNAP benefits. Phase 1 parishes will follow the same alphabet system as Phase 2 parishes.

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Louisiana DCFS received approval to begin virtual DSNAP operations in parishes to provide additional food aid to families impacted by Hurricane Laura.

  • Due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, DSNAP applications will be handled by phone, and benefits cards will be mailed or sent through FedEx to approved applicants.
  • During the DSNAP application process, applicants must provide documents and answer questions as part of an interview designed to determine eligibility.
  • DSNAP will operate in the approved parishes in two phases. During each phase, applications must follow schedules based on the first letter of last names. If additional parishes are approved for IA and request DSNAP, DCFS may add a third phase.
  • SNAP recipients are not eligible for DSNAP. If SNAP clients are eligible for additional benefits in the event of a disaster, those benefits would either be loaded onto their EBT cards automatically or the SNAP recipients would have to submit a form through a process other than the DSNAP. Click here for details about assistance for SNAP recipients.



The information provided during online pre-registration speeds up the phone application process. The pre-registration is simple and can be done through the DCFS CAFÉ customer portal.

Be advised: Pre-registration is only the first step. You must complete the phone application and interview process.

The parishes that have been approved for IA and have requested DSNAP are:

  • Acadia
  • Allen
  • Beauregard
  • Caddo
  • Calcasieu
  • Cameron
  • Grant
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson Davis
  • LaSalle
  • Lincoln
  • Morehouse
  • Natchitoches
  • Ouachita
  • Rapides
  • Sabine
  • St. Landry
  • Union
  • Vermilion
  • Vernon
  • Winn