Officials have stopped letting people get in line at the Alario Center and UNO for disaster food stamps. A spokesman says there were just too many people in line.
Starting today, disaster food stamp application centers in four parishes are taking applications from everyone, not just people with last names that begin in a certain range of the alphabet. But people must go to the application center in their parish of residence: for example, a Jefferson Parish resident can go to the center set up at the Alario Center in Westwego, but may not go to the one at the University of New Orleans.
"The reason that's so important is that, for example, in Orleans and Jefferson and some of these other parishes, the deadline to apply is Tuesday, so we want to make sure that the people in that parish, that that site is serving (can) be seen and apply before the deadline approaches," said Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services spokesman Trey Williams.
Listen to DCFS spokesman Trey Williams:
Other parishes are still taking applicants based on the first letter in their last name. It's A through C today in St. Charles, St. James, Tangipahoa and Terrebonne parishes, S through Z today in Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. John the Baptist parishes.
To find the application center in your parish, click here.