Louisiana SNAP

Louisiana SNAP is a federally-funded food assistance program for low-income Louisiana residents who qualify. In Louisiana, eligible households can receive food assistance through regular SNAP or through the Louisiana Combined Application Project (LaCAP) — a simplified version of SNAP for the elderly SSI recipients.

Benefits depend on both the number of persons in the household and the net monthly income amount remaining after all allowable deductions.

For example, eligible families of three in Louisiana with no income may receive about $428 a month for food.


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

  1. Live in Louisiana
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines
  5. Have less than $2,750 in resources

As condition of eligibility, most recipients ages 16—59 who aren’t disabled or exempt are required to register for work or accept an offer of employment.


What are the income guidelines for food stamps in Louisiana? #


Most families with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,495 a month for a family of three, qualify for food assistance.

How do I apply for SNAP in Louisiana? #


In order to apply for benefits, you must first create an online account for LA CAFÉ on the DCFS website and complete an electronic application. A DCFS staff member will contact you for an interview over the phone, if applicable.

If you are eligible for SNAP, you will receive a Louisiana Purchase Card and SNAP benefits will be automatically deposited into your account every month.

How long does it take to get approved for food stamps in Louisiana? #


If you are approved for SNAP, you will receive your SNAP benefits no later than 30 days from the date the office received your application. In some emergency cases, you may get your first benefits in seven days or less.

What is LaCAP in Louisiana? #


LaCAP is a food assistance program for Louisiana residents who are at least 60 years of age and receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). It is a simplified version of SNAP with three standard payments.

Depending on shelter costs, LaCAP participants will receive $35, $82, or $173. LaCAP cases are certified for 36 months.

For more information on SNAP and other services, please call
Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)

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