The Department of Human Services in Georgia allows for individuals and their families to apply for food assistance and benefits through the COMPASS website, which is linked in the resources section below. The Georgia Food Stamp program is known to provide benefits on a monthly basis to individuals in a low income family or household or unrelated individuals who are living together. Although anyone is allowed to apply, the program is designed only for those who need the most help and assistance. The program is part of the federal SNAP assistance plan. COMPASS allows for individuals to apply for multiple benefits, such as food stamps and other related services. More detailed information about food stamps and related services is readily made available on the COMPASS website.
Individuals can use the COMPASS website to apply for their food stamps benefit. They should click on the “Apply for Benefits” link on the main page of the site in order to start an application. This is the same page for many of the other benefits available, such as Medicaid and cash assistance. Individuals do not have to make a “My COMPASS” account to access the application or get an update on the status of their application. Those who want to download and print and application can use the link that is provided below, known as Form 297. Information such as income, assets, household size, and other related elements must be listed on the application. When the application has been processed, you will be invited for an eligibility interview which will be used to determine your need.
Single individuals, families, and individuals who are living together are eligible to receive benefits if they are meeting all of the requirements. You will need to be able to prove your identity and your income overall. Your household size is used to determine the amount of benefits that you should receive every month. You should be able to receive benefits if you are making under $2000 a month in income and have around three dependents within your household. This income requirement is lower or higher depending on the amount of people in your household. If you are a single individual, you may only be able to make around $800 a month. When you are approved, you will receive a QUEST card that you can use to access your benefits and use them at locations accepting SNAP. You can find out more about these locations by calling 1-800-869-1150 or using the SNAP retailer locator.
For more information about accessing SNAP benefits in Atlanta, Georgia you can use the following contact information. Applications may be obtained online, downloaded, filled out and returned to the nearest SNAP location. If you are unsure of your nearest SNAP location please follow the link below labeled Office Locations. If you have any questions about the application you may direct those questions to the SNAP numbers listed below.
Helpful Links and Phone Numbers
COMPASS - https://compass.ga.gov/
Application - http://www.dfcs.dhr.georgia.gov/DHR-DFCS/DHR-DFCS_Food_Stamps/English.pdf
Office Locations - SNAP – 404-657-9358 / 1800-869-1150
515 Fairburn Rd SW Atlanta (404) 699-4337 47 Trinity Ave SW Atlanta (404) 657-9358