Our HurriCane ResPONSE
Hurricane Laura has caused catastrophic damage across Southwestern and Central Louisiana leaving thousands of families without food, water, and shelter. Many homes in the Lake Charles area have been destroyed and for those with homes to return to, water and power may be unavailable for weeks. Nearly 8,000 evacuees are being housed in hotels across the state while an additional 8,000 to 9,000 evacuees remain in Texas, waiting for the go ahead to return home.
On top of the already unprecedented need for emergency food assistance caused by the COVID pandemic, Hurricane Laura has left thousands more Louisianans struggling to keep food on the table. Louisiana food banks are working as first responders to distribute food, water, and supplies in the hardest hit areas of our state.
HOW TO GET Help
Register For Disaster-snap
Disaster SNAP provides quick, supplemental food dollars to households affected by a natural disaster. D-SNAP recipients do not have to typically receive SNAP benefits in order to receive disaster benefits. To be eligible households must meet one of the following expenses:
Home or business repairs
Temporary shelter expenses
Evacuation or relocation expenses
Home or business protection
Disaster-related personal injury, including funeral expenses
Lost or no access to income due to the disaster, including reduced, terminated, or delayed receipt of income, for a large part of the benefit period
In some cases, food loss after a disaster like flooding or power outages
Current SNAP recipients affected by Hurricane Laura do not need to re-register for D-SNAP. Once D-SNAP is available, eligible SNAP recipients will either automatically receive the supplement on their EBT cards or will need to submit a separate short form later on.
Louisiana is not yet approved to release Disaster SNAP benefits, however the Department of Children & Family Services is encouraging households affected by Hurricane Laura to pre-register for D-SNAP online to ensure faster processing, once the Louisiana D-SNAP program is approved. Learn more about the program & pre-register here.
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 Laura. 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.
Thanks to a generous partnership with the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans, Feeding Louisiana donors who support our Hurricane Laura response will be entered to win a chance to represent all of Saints Nation during the September 27th Sunday Night Football broadcast on NBC, when the Saints will take on the Green Bay Packers.