Georgia’s Food Stamps, or SNAP, offers nutrition assistance to about 1.6 million eligible, low-income individuals and families in Georgia.
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.
The average family in Georgia on food stamps received about $417 a month. For the average month of 30 days, at three meals a day, that’s about $4.60 per meal for the entire family.
In order to qualify for SNAP you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Live in Georgia
- Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
- Show proof of identity
- Meet certain income guidelines
- Have less than $2,250 in resources
- How do I apply for food stamps in Georgia?
You may apply for food stamps online via 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.
Alternatively, you may apply in person at your local DFCS office or call (404) 206-5300 to have an application mailed to you.
After your application is filed, an interview will be arranged by a staff person from DFCS to determine your eligibility.
If you have very little or no income, you may qualify for “expedited SNAP” and have your first benefits within 7 days.
- Do you have to have a job to get food stamps in GA?
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.1
- List of counties in Georgia that requires work participation
Counties that currently require food stamp recipients with no children to find a job or risk losing their their benefits are listed below and the plan is to have all of Georgia’s 159 counties covered by these same rules by 2019.
They can also perform “workfare” — essentially unpaid non-profit or charity work approved by the state.
- 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 — a simplified application process designed to make 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.
If you need assistance finding a job, you may volunteer to participate in the SNAP Works Program. Georgia’s SNAP Works Program offers job search, job skills training, GED, vocational training for specific jobs, work experience and more.
If you are interested in volunteering to participate in the SNAP Works Program, please contact contact your local DFCS Office.References
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, More Georgians will have to work to keep food stamps.