Many families are eligible for federal benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) yet they don’t know it. If your child is a U.S. citizen, your family may be eligible to apply for food stamps, even if you work. Our social workers can help you determine if you qualify and help you apply for benefits.

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Who is eligible to receive food stamps?

  • U.S. citizens
  • Permanent residents with no less than five years of residence in the U.S.
  • Legal immigrants with special status, i.e., refugees

How do I apply?

  • Meet with one of our social workers to determine if you or any of your family members is eligible
  • What information do I have to provide after I have applied?
  • Citizenship verification, i.e., a birth certificate or passport for each applicant, or green card
  • Social Security number
  • One of the parents must provide identity verification
  • Income verification, i.e., bank statements, pay stubs, employment contract, maintenance payments, Social Security or unemployment
  • Lease or utility bill (gas or water bill in your name)
  • Fill out an application online at www.compass.ga.gov or go to your nearest Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) office. Click here to find out the nearest office . Our social workers can also help you fill out the application at the LAA.
  • Turn in all documents requested in order to receive verification
  • Complete an interview with DFCS
  • Receive a decision letter from DFCS
    • If you are approved, you will receive an EBT card with information on how to activate it

What information do I have to provide after I have applied?

  • Citizenship verification, i.e., a birth certificate or passport for each applicant, or green card
  • Social Security number
  • One of the parents must provide identity verification
  • Income verification, i.e., bank stubs, employment contract, maintenance payments, Social Security or unemployment
  • Lease or utility bill (gas or water bill in your name)

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