So many people tried to apply Monday morning for emergency food stamps that the toll-free numbers went down for a few hours.
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has fixed the problem and extended the time applicants can phone today to 7:30 p.m. The phone number is 1-888-524-3578.
As part of the recovery from Hurricane Ida, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is allowing many families access to food stamps even though under normal circumstances they make too much money to qualify.
Called Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or D-SNAP, food stamp qualification rules are temporarily changed to include storm-related damages as part of income calculations,