Under the Department of Children and Family Services, Louisiana residents can apply to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Also a federally funded program, SNAP provides low income households with nutritional information and healthy diets by providing funds to purchase food at participating grocers and super market stores. SNAP provides these benefits through monthly cash assistance that allows the head of household to buy food necessary for good health. SNAP funds are only a part of the food budget, but they allow individuals to provide a better meal for their families. There are two programs that offer food assistance in Louisiana, one is through SNAP, while the other is through the Louisiana Combined Application Project (LaCAP). If you want to learn more about these programs, you can find all of the information on Department of Children and Family Services website. Individuals must qualify to receive SNAP benefits and pass a few income and asset tests that are aimed at figuring out the gross monthly income and overall household income. LaCAP is a second food assistance program for Louisiana residents who are at least 60 years of age and receive supplemental security income (SSI). All of these benefits are distributed monthly through a Louisiana Purchase Card.
Applying for Food Stamps
You can fill out an application online for food stamps through SNAP via the FAApplication website. On this website, you will first create an account, then proceed to the Louisiana Online Application for Assistance. You must provide some basic information about yourself, such as name, social security number and contact details. Once you open an account and create an application, you have 30 days to complete the application before it is deleted by the system. You may also use this application process to apply for more than one benefit program. By submitting an application, you start the process but you are not necessarily qualified to receive food stamp benefits. Your application is reviewed by representatives and you will receive a follow-up interview to further assess your eligibility. During the interview, you will be asked more questions about income and members of your household. It is important to be completely honest about your monthly salary and any salary of those living with you, as this will determine if you are eligible and how much aid you can receive per month.
Receiving Food Stamps
After you apply, you must wait for a decision in the mail. Your eligibility is determined mostly by your income and household size, as well as any resources, such as your car. You can use the pre-screening eligibility tool by clicking here to see if you qualify to receive any aid. There are other eligibility requirements including residence, citizenship, enumeration, and work registration. In general, you must be a citizen of the U.S. and reside in Louisiana. You also must be registered to work or have a job, or you must be registered for unemployment. There is also a chart that details the income cap by household size on the DCF website. You can consult this website to see if you will qualify based on your gross monthly income. However, this is not the only way that individuals are qualified to receive aid. You will first receive a Louisiana Purchase Card that works like an EBT card, electronically depositing funds onto your card each month. You can take these cards to the grocery store or any super market and use it to buy food like cash.
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 contact 1-888-524-3578 to talk to a representative at the Department of Children and Family Services to find out more about SNAP retailer locations and for any additional forms that you need to apply for food stamps.