Our HurriCane IDA ResPONSE
On top of the already unprecedented need for emergency food assistance caused by the COVID pandemic, Hurricane Ida has left more a million people in affected areas without power and has caused catastrophic damage across South Louisiana. The Louisiana food bank network are working as first responders to distribute food, water, and supplies in the hardest hit areas of our state.
For more information, including daily updates on Points of Distribution (POD) set up by the Louisiana National Guard to distribute water, ice, food, and more, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
HOW TO GET Help
Register For Disaster-snap
Disaster SNAP provides quick, supplemental food dollars to households affected by a natural disaster.
DSNAP has not yet been federally authorized in any Louisiana parishes. DSNAP can be offered only in locations where: a disaster has been federally declared, Individual Assistance has been federally approved, and FNS has authorized a DSNAP operation.
In the meantime, residents affected by Hurricane Ida are encouraged to register for DSNAP. Registration does not guarantee benefits, but will make the application process easier and quicker for applicants if a DSNAP is approved for their community.
To speed along the application process, residents should also download the free LA Wallet mobile app now at LAWallet.com. LA Wallet provides identity and residency verification required for DSNAP applications.
SNAP recipients are not eligible for DSNAP and should not register or apply.
More information about DSNAP, including how to create an account and register, can be found at www.dcfs.la.gov/DSNAP.
Get Food Assistance
Our member food banks in the affected areas are working on the ground to deliver water, non-perishable foods, snacks, and other resources to recovering communities. Many are operating with limited capacity or damaged infrastructure so we encourage you to dial 2-1-1 or 2-3-2 to find a distribution near you. We encourage you to follow your local food bank on Facebook for the most up-to-date distribution information; find your regional food bank here.
Feeding Louisiana’s member food banks are working around the clock to serve Louisiana communities and families affected by Hurricane Ida. We are committed to supporting these affected communities throughout the long recovery ahead, but we know that the need for assistance is immense. Individuals looking to support these efforts are encouraged to make a monetary donation, rather than food or other in-kind items; this allows Louisiana food banks to respond quickly and effectively to the needs they see on the ground and to minimize person-to-person contact. Help us continue this important work by donating here.