Department of Social Services Announces 23 Sites Available To Receive Emergency Food Stamp Applications On Sunday, Sept. 14

BATON ROUGE -- On Sunday September 14th the Department of Social Services (DSS) will have 23 sites in operation where eligible Louisiana residents affected by Hurricane Gustav can apply for the Federal Disaster Food Stamp program.

DSS recognizes the efforts of local city officials and organizations that have assisted in preparing sites of operation that have been closed due to Hurricane Ike.

The following sites will be open as of Sunday Sept. 14th:

Alario Center - Jefferson Parish

New Orleans Convention Center - Orleans Parish

East Baton Rouge OFS - East Baton Rouge Parish

Captiol High School - East Baton Rouge Parish

E. Feliciana Parish Early Childhood Learning Center - E. Feliciana Parish

Plaquemine Civic Center - Iberville Parish

St. Gabriel Community Center - Iberville Parish

W. Baton Rouge OFS - W. Baton Rouge Parish

W. Feliciana Parish Parks and Recreation Center - W. Feliciana

North Park - Livingston Parish

Castine Center - St. Tammany Parish

Amite Community Center - Tangipahoa Parish

African American Heritage Museum - Tangipahoa Parish

Sorrento Civic Center - Ascension Parish

West Bank Reception Center - St. James Parish

New Wine Fellowship - St. John Parish

Blackham Coliseum - Lafayette Parish

Allen Parish Civic ! Center - Allen Parish

Avoyelles OFS - Avoyelles Parish

Alexandria Mall (Stein Mart) - Rapides Parish

Bossier OFS - Bossier Parish

Caddo OFS - Caddo Parish

Ouachita OFS - Ouachita Parish

As of Monday, September 15th an additional 16 sites will be open to the public:

St. Patrick's Family Life Center - Plaquemines Parish

Christian Fellowship -St. Bernard Parish

Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church - E. Baton Rouge Parish

Pointe Coupee Multi Use Center - Pointe Coupee Parish

St. Helena OFS - St. Helena Parish

Community Worship Center - Assumption Parish

Peltier Park - Lafourche Parish

Bayou Centroplex - Lafourche Parish

St. Charles Parish OFS - St. Charles Parish

Bayou Black Recreation Center - Terrebonne Parish

Kirschman's Building - Terrebonne Parish

Acadia OFS - Acadia Parish

Our Lady Queen of All Saints Family Life Center - Evangeline Parish

Sacred Heart Church Hall - St. Mary Parish

St. Theresa Catholic Church Hall - Vermillion Parish

Rapides Parish OFS - Rapides Parish

Applicants are askedto monitor www.dss.state.la.us as well as news reports for the most current information regarding site openings and hours of operation.

Participants in the regular state Food Stamp Program do not need to apply for disaster aid because any revised benefits will automatically be added to their current Electronic Benefit Transfer card.

Individuals with disabilities can designate an authorized representative to apply for Disaster Food Stamps on their behalf. Also, each site manager has developed special procedures for assisting the disabled. Applicants with special needs should make themselves known to the site manager or staff at the site

In order to help the elderly, Council on Aging staff members have been trained to administer Disaster Food Stamps. People 60 years of age or older should contact their local parish Councils on Aging for the nearest Disaster Food Stamp Assistance Application Site for seniors. If the local Council on Aging is not available, seniors should contact the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs at 1-877-340-9100.

For information about the schedules of the sites and to learn who is eligible to receive Disaster Food Stamps visit: www.dss.state.la.us or call 1-888-LAHELPU (1-888-524-3578).

For the latest information on Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, visit emergency.louisiana.gov or call the state's emergency hotline at 1-866-288-2484 to listen to a recorded message with the most up-to-date information.

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