We have a complete step-by-step process on how to apply for food stamps in Georgia here. It will walk you through how to apply online for food assistance either through submitting an application online through the Compass system or calling the Division of Family and Children Services phone number for help in submitting an application via phone. There are also places that you can walk in and get assistance in completing your application. These places are called Community Partners and they help people in need complete their application for various government benefits program, including Food Stamps (SNAP Benefits). To locate a Georgia Community Partner near you, click here and select your county. You will then see a list of organizations that can help you.
To get food assistance help, you have to qualify based on the criteria established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Since the SNAP program is a federal program, the USDA sets the main eligibility guidelines for the states to follow. To see the qualification guidelines, click here.
The video above talks about the growing need for food assistance in Georgia. It shows that people who previously thought their lives were secure and did not need food assistance or any assistance at all from the government suddenly find themselves in need of SNAP benefits and help from local food banks. This is all due to the great recession and it’s devastating effects on the incomes of most families, some of whom have lost not only their life savings but also their home and even money to put food on the table.
To apply for food stamps in Georgia online, visit www.compass.ga.gov. If you have issues using the website and need online tech support, call the Online Services hotline at 1-877-423-4746. If you would like to apply for help by phone, you may call 1-877-423-4746. If you have a hearing impairment, call GA Relay at 1-800-255-0135 (the service is free). You can also complete a paper application here.