Federal and Charitable Food Relief for Flood Victims Available

08.26.2016

For Immediate Release                                 

Contact: Magen Allen

212-825-0028 ext. 212 (O) 646-627-7741 

mallen@hungerfreeamerica.org

Federal and Charitable Food Relief for Flood Victims Available

TOLL-FREE HUNGER HOTLINE ENABLES STRUGGLING LOUISIANIANS TO ACCESS LOCAL FOOD HELP

Due to the local flooding disaster, many Louisianans have been left without food or emergency food relief.  The USDA National Hunger Hotline is available for people to call and receive information on how to obtain special disaster help from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.

USDA has approved emergency SNAP applications for those affected by the flood and previously not on SNAP. Members of the public can learn how to obtain this help by going online to: http://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/louisiana or call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish) by calling Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST).  Hunger Free America is operating the hotline nationwide as part of a USDA National Hunger Clearinghouse contract.

Even before the flood, nearly one in six (17.6 percent) of Louisiana State residents, and one in four (24.5 percent) of children lived in households that can’t always afford enough food. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds a toll-free hotline to make it easier for them to access food from both private and governmental resources. The National Hunger Hotline staff connects callers with emergency food providers in their community, government assistance, nutritional assistance programs, and various services that promote self-sufficiency.

To find information on how to obtain emergency food through disaster relief, people may call the USDA National Hunger Hotline, or visit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/louisiana

USDA has also approved the State of Louisiana’s request for SNAP applicants in the areas affected by flooding to receive hot food permissions with their SNAP allotments, and for people to receive SNAP replacement for food destroyed during the flood.

To access more information regarding DSNAP and other emergency food services go to:

http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=448

To find emergency food facilities currently operating go to:

http://brfoodbank.org/2016flood/

DSNAP Phase One sites will open Monday, August 22, through Saturday, August 27 from 8 a.m. to 6p.m. for:

  • East Feliciana Parish (All ZIP Codes):

    • Early Learning Center, 9414 Hwy 67 (Plank Road), Clinton

  • Iberia Parish ZIP Codes 70518, 70528, 70544, 70552, 70560, 70563, 70582, and 70592:

    • South LA Community College, 908 Ember Dr., New Iberia

  • Livingston Parish (all ZIP codes):

    • Amvets Post 68, 26890 Hwy 42, Springfield

    • Judson Baptist Church, 32470 Walker North, Walker

  • Pointe Coupee Parish ZIP Codes 70715, 70732, 70747, 70749, 70753,  70755, 70756, 70757, 70760, 70762, and 707833:

    • Pointe Coupee Multi-Use Facility, 1400 Major Parkway, New Roads

  • St. Helena Parish (all ZIP codes):

    • Greater Turner Chapel AME, 875 Turner Chapel Rd, Greensburg

  • St. Landry Parish (all ZIP Codes):

    • Southeast Community Center, 101 City Avenue, Eunice

    • Yambilee Building, 1939 W Landry St., Opelousas

  • Tangipahoa Parish (all ZIP Codes):

    • Eagle Heights Community Church, 47318 Rufus Bankston Rd., Tickfaw

  • Vermilion Parish (all ZIP Codes):

    • First Baptist Church, 210 N. St. Charles, Abbeville

To minimize wait times, applicants and anyone who pre-registered for benefits must go to the DSNAP location on the day indicated by the first letter of their last name.

  • Monday, August 22: A-D

  • Tuesday, August 23: E-K

  • Wednesday, August 24: L-R

  • Thursday, August 25: S-Z

  • Friday, August 26: A-K applicants unable to make prior scheduled day

  • Saturday, August 27: L-Z applicants unable to make prior scheduled day

DSNAP Phase Two will begin on Monday, August 29, through Saturday, September 3, for Acadia, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, and Lafayette Parishes.

  • Acadia Parish

    • City of Rayne Civic Center, 300 Frog Festival Drive, Rayne

  • Ascension Parish

    • Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Avenue, Gonzales

  • East Baton Rouge Parish

    • Council on Aging Capital City Event Center, 6955 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge

    • F. G. Clark Activity Center, 798 Harding Blvd, Baton Rouge

    • Gloryland Baptist Church, 6745 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge

    • Louisiana Leadership Institute, 5763 Hooper Road, Baton Rouge

  • Lafayette Parish

    • Blackham Coliseum, 2330 Johnston Street, Lafayette

DSNAP Phase Two Alphabet Schedule:

  • Monday, August 29: A-D

  • Tuesday, August 30: E-K

  • Wednesday, August 31: L-R

  • Thursday, September 1: S-Z

  • Friday, September 2: A-K applicants unable to make prior scheduled day

  • Saturday, September 3: L-Z applicants unable to make prior scheduled day

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