Under the Department of Human Services in Georgia, individuals and families may apply for food assistance through the COMPASS website. The Georgia Food Stamp program provides monthly benefits for low income families or several unrelated individuals who live in the same dwelling. Anyone is allowed to apply for food stamp benefits, but the program is designed to help those who need food assistance most. The food stamp program in Georgia is also a part of the federal SNAP assistance. With food stamps, individuals and families can afford to feed themselves and others in their household as well as receive good nutrition and healthy well being. The food stamp program is designed so that anyone who is experiencing a financial loss does not have to starve or live with an unhealthy diet. COMPASS allows anyone to apply for multiple benefits, including food stamps. You can also find answers on COMPASS about health and different human services available.
Applying for Food Stamps
You can go to COMPASS to apply for food stamps. Simply click on "Apply for Benefits" from the main page of COMPASS to start an application. This is the same portal for other benefits such as cash assistance and Medicaid. You do have to make a My COMPASS account in order to access the application and to look at your application's status. If you prefer to download and print an application, you can find Form 297 here. On the application, you need to fill out some basic information and also list your income, assets and household size. Once your application has been processed, you will go through an eligibility interview that will further assess your income and household. You can turn in your form to a local County DFCS office. You can find a locator for these offices here.
Receiving Food Stamps
Individuals living together, a single individual and families are eligible to receive food stamps if they meet certain requirements. Form 47 goes over the eligibility requirements under the Department of Family and Children in Georgia. Most importantly, you need to prove your identity and income. Your household size will also determine the amount of your food assistance per month. Usually, you are eligible to receive benefits if you make under $2000 a month in income and have three to four dependents in your household. The income cap goes lower or higher depending on your household size. For instance, for a single individual, you may only be able to make $800 a month. Eligibility is only determined by the DFCS representative however. Your interview will greatly determine if you will receive benefits. Once you are approved, you will receive a Quest card in the mail that will electronically deliver your food assistance. You can use the card like cash at any food service location.
Finding Food Service Locations
SNAP is the federal name for the food assistance programs. Every state has multiple SNAP locations. In fact, every county should have multiple locations where you can use your card. You can find specific locations near you using the SNAP retailer locator on the federal website. You can also call 1-800-869-1150 if you have more questions about your aid or how to find a location near you. Those in the Atlanta area may also call (404) 657-9358. If you want to write to a local DFCS office about receiving an application in the mail, you first need to use the locator to find an office near you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What income do you need to have in order to be eligible for food stamps in Georgia?
Below is a list of the maximum income levels you can have in order to qualify for food stamps as it relates to household members.
Does Georgia conduct interviews in order to apply for food stamps?
In Georgia, the Division of Family and Children Services is the department the handles food stamps. They will typically schedule a phone interview with you in order to finalize the food stamp application process.
How long does it take to receive benefits?
For emergency cases, you may eligible for benefits in as little as 7 days after you apply. However, most applicants who are determined to be eligible for the program will receive benefits within 30 days.
How do I report food stamp fraud?
In Georgia, you can report food stamp fraud by calling 1-877-423-4746