Sunday, September 07, 2008 "PRESS RELEASE

Federal Government Approves Launch of Disaster Food Stamp Program
Department of Social Services News Update
BATON ROUGE , La. (September 5, 2008) - The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services (USDA/FNS) has approved the operation of a Disaster Food Stamp Program in 31 Louisiana parishes. These parishes contain an estimated 380,000 households that will be eligible for disaster food benefits and already serve more than 150,000 households in the regular Food Stamp program. Participants in the regular program do not need to apply; their benefits will automatically be lifted to the maximum amount allowable for September and their August benefits have been increased by 20% in order to replace lost food."

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