The Department of Children and Family Services encourages Louisiana residents to pre-register for disaster food stamps in preparation for hurricane season. Kim Matherne with DCFS says pre-registering gets your information in the system and makes things move smoother following a disaster.
“If your information is already entered into the computer system, then the workers just have to go over everything with you again. We don’t have to enter everything in,” Matherne said.
Matherne says the DSNAP program offers assistance to people who need help purchasing groceries after a disaster. She says when pre-registering, families will need the names, dates of birth, and social security numbers of all household members. She says workers will ask for more information at the DSNAP site in the event of a hurricane.
“They’ll need to have any record of income and expenses that they can bring with them. We understand that during a disaster they may not have that information on hand, but the more information they have the better,” Matherne said.
Matherne says in the event of a disaster, people should go to the DSNAP site in their parish, which will be listed on the DCFS website. She says people can pre-register at dcfs.la.gov or call 1-888-LA-HELP-U. She says there are some people who do not need to register.
“If you’ve already pre-registered, there’s no need to pre-register again. It stays in our system. If you’re currently receiving SNAP benefits, then you don’t need to register for DSNAP,” Matherne said.