Extra Food Stamp assistance


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is boosting food stamp assistance for some households for a sixth month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The state Department of Children and Family Services said people receiving food aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program who don’t receive the maximum amount for their household size will be moved to that highest amount in August.

The extra aid will be loaded onto the debit-style cards that food stamp recipients have on Aug. 21, the Department of Children and Family Services said.

That means a one-person household will receive $194 for the month, while a family of four will get $646.

The agency said it’s the sixth consecutive month that Louisiana food stamp recipients all will receive the max amount for their households, part of federal aid allowed because of the coronavirus and approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Louisiana has paid out $211 million in the extra food stamp benefits in the previous five months, the state’s family services department said.

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