Louisiana SNAP

Louisiana SNAP is a federally-funded food assistance program for low-income Louisiana residents who qualify.

Eligible households can receive food assistance through regular SNAP or through the Louisiana Combined Application Project (LaCAP).

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 $740 a month for food.

  • 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.


Who is eligible for SNAP in Louisiana? #

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

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? #

There is no asset limit in Louisiana. Most families with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level qualify for food assistance.

For a family of three, it's about $2,693 a month. That's how much can you make in Louisiana and still get 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 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? #

Louisiana Combined Application Project (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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