Washington - Louisiana tied North Carolina for the biggest increase in food stamp use between May and June, according to data released this week by the Department of Agriculture.
Washington -- Louisiana tied North Carolina for the biggest increase in food stamp use between May and June, according to data released this week by the Department of Agriculture. Latest live event and breaking news, weather, sports and entertainment updates as they happen. The program is available to eligible households in some parishes who do not now receive food stamps and who need help buying groceries.
Baton Rouge - Residents who need assistance buying food in the wake of Hurricane Isaac can apply for disaster food stamps and finalize their applications at centers in nine parishes this week. The application process in Orleans and Jefferson parishes has been extended through Thursday.
Residents who are seeking to apply for disaster food stamps in the wake of Hurricane Isaac were being turned away from UNO's Lakefront Arena on Monday afternoon, after huge crowds showed up on the first day applicants could show up en masse, regardless of their last name. The state Department of Children and Family Services asked the Department of Agriculture, which administers the food stamp program, to extend the application process in four parishes. The agency opened sites last Wednesday in parishes hit hardest by the storm to administer the food aid.
In most parishes, Monday and Tuesday were set aside to process those who missed their designated day -- and was a whopper for state workers and applicants at UNO.
Trey Williams, a spokesman for the state agency, said the state closed both the Alario Center and Lakefront Arena around noon, after they determined that it would take the rest of the day to process the people already waiting for food aid.
Williams said the agency's goal is to provide an opportunity to everybody who wants to apply to do so. Several people turned away outside the Lakefront Arena said they'd taken off work to apply for the benefits.
Last week, people seeking disaster assistance were able to go to any of the sites to apply. Eligibility for disaster food stamps is based on a family's monthly income and the amount of money they have in savings and checking accounts.
The maximum monthly income, when adjusted for savings and disaster expenses, for a family of four is $2,449.
Officials urged those who can begin the application process online to do so, saying that would cut down on waits at the relief centers.
Applicants will still need to go to the one of the state's food-stamp sites to complete the application process. As Hurricane Isaac makes landfall, we're reminded that it's never too soon or too late to be prepared for disasters.
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Hours extended at UNO Lakefront Arena and Alario Center for disaster food aid applications.


Residents of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish who need to apply for Hurricane Isaac disaster food stamps should go to either the UNO Lakefront Arena or Alario Center over the next two days based on their last names, the state announced this evening.
The state has since asked USDA for permission to further extend the application period another week, said Trey Williams, a spokesman for the state agency. Meanwhile, the state agency will keep the UNO Lakefront Arena and Alario Center open until 10 p.m.
People interviewed outside the Lakefront Arena yesterday expressed frustration at being turned away. Williams said the state has beefed up the number of workers at the Alario Center and Lakefront Arena to help process claims and ensure people who need the help will receive it. Residents of Orleans Parish should visit the UNO Lakefront Arena to apply for aid, while Jefferson Parish residents should go to the Alario Center, the state has said.
While the state has set aside Wednesday to process people in Jefferson and Orleans parishes with last names at the beginning half of the alphabet, people with last names that begin with the letters N through Z will be processed on Thursday. Residents of other New Orleans-area parishes will also get more time to apply for disaster food aid. The maximum monthly income, when adjusted for savings and disaster expenses, for a family of four is $2,477.
Mount Airy Baptist Church, Applicants should park under the Luling Bridge, LA 18 at Hwy 310 to be shuttled to the DSNAP site.
People in Lafourche Parish with last names that begin with the letters A through M can apply at the following locations on Wednesday.
Catholic Charities disaster relief volunteers distributed donated food and supplies to victims still surrounded by floodwaters of Hurricane Isaac in Paulina, La., Sept. WASHINGTON -- It doesn't really matter whether Isaac was classified as a hurricane or a tropical storm when it hit certain points of Louisiana. What matters is the rain dumped on the region -- as much as 20 inches from the slow-moving weather system. And that was before thousands of Louisiana residents began signing up for emergency food stamps in the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to offset the cost of spoiled food from the power outages and evacuations related to Hurricane Isaac. The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is available to eligible households in some parishes who do not now receive food stamps and who need help buying groceries due to lost income or damages because of the storm, according to a release from the Department of Children and Family Services.View full sizeChris Granger, The Times-PicayuneEmployees with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services gather to listen to Kelli Durbin, bottom center, a lead area manager for the Covington region, explain how they will assist Hurricane Isaac evacuees. 5, hundreds of residents lined up outside the Alario Center in Westwego to take advantage of disaster food stamp benefits being offered by the state for residents affected by Hurricane Isaac.
The request was approved in Orleans and Jefferson parishes where applications will be accepted through Thursday.
All of the sites have been allowing applicants to show up in groups, taking several letters of the alphabet at a time. State Police were also turning people away at the front gate, telling them to return on Tuesday, the last day the site is scheduled to be open. But he said agency officials wouldn't know until the end of the day whether that would mean staying open for extra days. That representative would need a photocopy of the applicant's picture identification, as well as a letter saying they are authorized to represent the person through the application process.


But on Sunday, the agency changed the policy, restricting applicants to their home parishes, Williams said. The program also factors in how much a family spent on disaster-related expenses, such as lost food and hotel stays.
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People with last names that begin with the letters A through M should be prepared to complete their applications tomorrow. Department of Agriculture, which runs the program, for permission to extend the application period, which was supposed to end today. He said it is unclear when the federal government will let state officials know their verdict on the request.
Applicants will still need to go to the one of the state's food-stamp sites to complete the process. Applicants should park at the Florida Parish Arena, 1301 NW Central Ave in Amite to be shuttled to the DSNAP site.
But the relentlessly pounding rains left hundreds of people in shelters because their homes were still flooded. In Louisiana, 901,586 people received food stamps in June, up 1.3 percent from the month before.
On Monday, people were being turned away from the UNO Lakefront Arena because of the large amounts of people waiting to be helped. However, being prepared will help you stay healthy and recover from any disaster more quickly.
Local centers for people to apply for federal disaster food aid have been swamped over the past week. The federal government agreed to allow the Louisiana Department of Children and Families to continue accepting applications through Thursday in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish.
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