Disaster SNAP benefits, or DSNAP, have been approved for victims of Hurricane Laura in 16 Parishes, and here's the important information you need to know...

Phase 1 of DSNAP distribution will begin September 10 for nine parishes, and Phase 2 beginning September 17 for seven parishes.

The DSNAP benefits are available for qualifying households who do not receive SNAP benefits and need help buying food due to lost income or damages after a disaster.

According to KATC, the 16 eligible Parishes are Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Grant, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Sabine, Vermilion, Vernon and Winn.

All DSNAP applications will be handled by phone only by calling 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578), between the hours of 8am and 5pm.

From KATC.com -

"Residents in the approved parishes for each phase will be assigned a day, based on the first letter of their last name, to call the LAHelpU Customer Service Center to apply for DSNAP."

If you haven't already registered for DSNAP benefits, you can register now at dcfs.la.gov/DSNAP.

You can get additional information by texting LADSNAP to 898-211, and get more infomation about Phase 1 and Phase 2 distribution dates at KATC.com.