This post will explain how to maneuver through the online Georgia food stamps calculator. The calculator is an online COMPASS tool that will help to determine if you can apply and receive SNAP benefits. In most cases, the food stamp application process takes up to 30 days to complete. There are cases that SNAP applications can be expedited, such as:
- You have less than a $150 monthly income and less than $100 in other monetary resources.
- You are a destitute migrant or season farm worker that has less than $100 in monetary resources.
Benefits are received via electronic transfer onto a EBT card each month. Your EBT card is accepted at retailers that have a sign saying they accept EBT for food purchase. The day that your payment is received is based on the last two digits of your client ID number.
To determine if you are eligible to receive Georgia food stamps visit the COMPASS online tool and click the first picture ‘Am I Eligible?’.
The eligibility questionnaire takes around 15 minutes to complete. You will be asked basic questions about the number of people in your household, income, bills, and other relevant questions that help the Georgia food stamp calculator determine your eligibility. The COMPASS tool allows you to determine if other federal assistance programs could be beneficial to you along with food stamps, such as: Medicaid, WIC, Child Care, Substance abuse, Homeless assistance, and many more.
For the next part of the eligibility calculator, be prepared to have documents that show:
- Income information
- Expense information
- Housing/utility information
After you have filled out all your income and expenses the calculator will estimate the amount of SNAP benefits that you would receive. This is not a final or guaranteed amount, all the information given will have to be proven during the application process.
Exclusions to those eligible for food stamps include people on strike, those without legal status, and some college students.
Once you have determined that you are eligible use the COMPASS online tool to apply for Georgia food stamps. You are also able to use the COMPASS tool to check the status of an application and update or edit an application. After the online application process is complete, you will set up an interview either in person or over the phone. Be prepared to provide:
- Proof of citizenship or immigration status
- Proof of rent, utilities, and mortgage
- Proof of child care paid
- Proof of identity
- Proof of unearned income
- 4 weeks of check stubs
The Senior SNAP application can be found online and is available for people over the age of 60, must purchase and prepare their food as a household, and have no work earnings.
If you are participating in the Senior food stamps program, you cannot apply using the COMPASS tool. The application can be found online and must be filled out and printed, then mailed to the following address:Georgia Senior SNAP P.O. Box 537 Avondale Estates, GA 30002
For additional assistance with the Georgia food stamps calculator or application process contact the service line at 404-370-6236. You can also visit a DFCS office near you to get a calculation or apply for food stamps. Note that the compass website is where you can access all your SNAP Benefits.