Disaster food stamps have been approved for several parishes in hurricane-ravaged Louisiana, allowing residents hard hit by the weather and beset by weather damage to stay afloat while help is dispatched to the area.
Disaster food stamps are an interim measure to assist those who have been affected adversely by the storm last week, and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has announced some of the specifics to provide aid for people who have lost income or experienced significant financial damages due to the ravages of Hurricane Issac.
According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, nearly 300,000 people in nine parishes have been approved for the emergency relief, and families already receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive additional disaster food stamps automatically added to their monthly allotment to help families patch through the post-Issac period.
Additionally, local network WAFB indicates that a waiver has been added to allow families receiving disaster food stamps to buy normally restricted items due to Issac’s impact — the station explains:
“The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services requested and received approval of a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service to allow the purchase of hot foods with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) and Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) benefits for the month of September.”
The site continues:
“Normally, federal regulations define eligible food purchases with SNAP or DSNAP benefits as ‘any food or food product intended for human consumption except alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and hot food products prepared for immediate consumption.'”
A full release on disaster food stamps, eligibility and how to apply is available over at NOLA.com.