Supplemental SNAP benefits, other changes approved for August 2020

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Louisiana recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits who are not already receiving the maximum amount for their household size will receive supplements in August to bring them up to the max. This is the sixth consecutive month Louisiana SNAP recipients have been approved for added benefits as part of federal COVID-19 relief. Supplements for the first five months totaled more than $211 million.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) approved the emergency supplemental benefits for August this week, along with several other waiver requests from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to streamline the application and recertification processes due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. As dictated by federal law, households already receiving the maximum SNAP allotment for their household size will not receive supplemental benefits.

The additional benefits are scheduled to be loaded onto current SNAP recipients’ EBT cards on Aug. 21. New applicants approved for August benefits will receive their supplements on a rolling weekly basis after their cases are certified as eligible.