Georgia SNAP

Georgia’s Food Stamps, or SNAP, offers nutrition assistance to about 1.6 million eligible, low-income individuals and families in Georgia. 1

Anyone may apply for food stamp benefits but the program is designed to help those who need food assistance most.

This includes families experiencing temporary crisis as well as families whose income is no more than 130% of the poverty level.


Who is eligible for SNAP in Georgia? #

In order to qualify for SNAP you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in Georgia
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines

What is the income limit for food stamps in Georgia? #

Most families in Georgia with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,693 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.

Family Size 100% 130%
1 $1,215 $1,579
2 $1,643 $2,137
3 $2,072 $2,693
4 $2,500 $3,250
5 $2,928 $3,807
6 $3,357 $4,363
7 $3,785 $4,921
8 $4,213 $5,478

Gross income limit applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income.

How much does SNAP pay in Georgia? #

SNAP benefits may vary from family to family depending on a variety of factors, including the household size, income and allowable deductions.

For example, a family of three with no income may receive up to $740 in monthly benefits or $440 each month if the family has a net monthly income of $1,000.

  • Family Size SNAP Benefits
  • 1 $281
  • 2 $516
  • 3 $740
  • 4 $939
  • 5 $1,116
  • 6 $1,339
  • 7 $1,480
  • 8 $1,691

The actual SNAP benefit amounts are based on a household's net income with a general rule that an increase of $100 in net income results in a reduction of $30 in benefits.

SNAP benefits in Georgia and elsewhere also come with perks that go beyond purchasing food — including discounts on certain products and services like Amazon Prime discount where you can save 50% off their Prime memberships.

How do I apply for food stamps in Georgia? #

Applications for food stamps are accepted online through Georgia Gateway — the only authorized website to apply for public assistance benefits in Georgia. These include, among others, Medicaid, TANF, Subsidized Child Care (CAPS), and WIC.

If you do not have access to the internet, you may apply in person at your local DFCS office or call (877) 423-4746 to submit an application by phone.

After your application is filed, an interview will be arranged by a staff person from DFCS to determine your eligibility.

SNAP Customer Contact Center
(877) 423-4746

Do I have to work to get SNAP in Georgia?? #

YES! Georgia mandates that a childless adult may receive the benefit for no more than three months in any three-year period, unless they get a job or into a training program.

Unless otherwise exempted, those receiving food stamps in 24 counties across the state must work at least 20 hours a week, or be enrolled in state-approved job training.

If you need assistance finding a job, you may volunteer to participate in the SNAP Works Program that offers job search, job skills training, GED, vocational training for specific jobs, work experience and more.

Please contact your local DFCS Office, if you are interested in volunteering to participate in the SNAP Works Program.

How do I apply for emergency food stamps in Georgia? #

If you have very little or no income, you may request for “emergency SNAP” and have your first benefits no later than 7 days after you filed your application.

If you need emergency food and nutrition assistance right away, click on the following link: Find Foodbanks in Georgia to locate a food bank in your area.

Do senior citizens qualify for food stamps in GA? #

If you are over age 60 and you meet the requirements, you are eligible for Senior SNAP with a simplified application process that makes it easier for seniors to receive SNAP benefits.

For elderly/disabled individuals who cannot be present at a DFCS office, an interview may be completed by telephone.


  1. CBPP, A Closer Look at Who Benefits from SNAP: Georgia
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