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Residents affected by Isaac applying for disaster food stamps

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 5:34pm

Marcie Burruss is still trying to recover after Hurricane Isaac battered her Port Vincent home. It forced her family out of that home, struggling to find a way to eat.

Now, they along with hundreds of others in Ascension Parish have made their way to the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center to apply for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). She says the application process was a lot smoother than after Gustav.

"I was a little more chaotic during Gustav,” stated Burruss. “The military wasn't out, so people just came in mass droves. It didn't matter what your last name was (for grouping purposes). Here, they have you designated on certain days, and it seems like a better process.”

Everyone whose last name started with an A, B or C was able to apply on Wednesday. People with names later in the alphabet will have their chance later in the week.

Charlie Dirks, with the Department of Children and Family Services, said technology has helped streamline the process

"It's a lot faster, I can tell you that,” stated Dirks. “First and foremost, during Gustav, it was all paper applications. You came in, filled out a paper application and then that paper then had to be uploaded at a later time to a computer system in order for you to use your card. Today, when you walk out. You're done. You've got your card and you're ready to go."

It's not a minute too soon for Burruss and her family.

"It's important to us, because when I get back home, I have to start from scratch because I have nothing in the house," said Burruss.


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