Louisiana-based EBT merchants have now been authorized to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for hot or prepared foods in the wake of Hurricane Ida. The waiver issued by the USDA for “hot food products prepared for immediate consumption” will apply to Louisiana retailers that currently accept EBT cards.
› Restaurant purchases are prohibited.
› The waiver lasts through September 28, 2021.
Additionally, SNAP recipients in 18 Louisiana parishes who experienced widespread power outages will receive 55% of their regular monthly allotment as replacements on September 11, 2021, when their cards will be automatically loaded.
For more information regarding the USDA waiver for hot foods or other disaster SNAP (DSNAP) assistance, please visit: