EBT in Georgia
If you live in the state of Georgia and have questions about EBT in Georgia, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we will explain in detail how SNAP EBT benefits work in Georgia, who is eligible and how to apply.
Additionally, if you already have Georgia EBT Card (Georgia EBT Peach Card) and have questions, we can help. See below for how to check your Georgia EBT balance, get a replacement card, see the EBT deposit schedule, and a complete list of what you can and cannot buy with your SNAP benefits.
Table of Contents:
- Who is eligible for EBT in Georgia?
- How do I apply for Georgia EBT?
- Can I get GA Food Stamps Today?
- How much will I get in Food Stamps in Georgia?
- Can Students get Georgia Food Stamps?
- Georgia SNAP Work Requirements
- What can I buy with Georgia EBT?
- What Fast Food Places Take Georgia EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP?
- Can you shop with Georgia EBT Card online for Delivery?
- Check your GA EBT Card Balance
- How do I get a Replacement EBT Card?
- When are EBT Benefits Deposited?
Who is Eligible for EBT in Georgia?
You are eligible for SNAP EBT in Georgia if you have low or no income and are:
- A resident of the Georgia county where you are applying for benefits.
- Able to provide verification of identity.
- A U.S. citizen or a qualified non-citizen meeting the other eligibility rules.
Also, your household income has to fall within the SNAP income guidelines (see income limits below).
Additionally, all household members applying for SNAP must have a Social Security Number or apply for one.
Furthermore, you must meet the work requirements for able-bodied adults (see below for GA SNAP Work Requirements).
Here’s what you need to know before you apply for SNAP:
- If you are eligible for SNAP, you will receive your benefits within 30 days
- You can allow someone who knows your household to situation apply for you
- You may have to complete an interview after you submit your Georgia SNAP application. Your caseworker will call you if they need more information.
- Also, you can get SNAP if you receive other benefits (like SSI, Medicaid, or unemployment benefits) as long as you meet the SNAP eligibility requirements.
- Additionally, you can get GA SNAP benefits if you have more than one car or a certain level of savings.
How do I apply for Georgia SNAP EBT?
There are 3 ways you can apply for food stamps in Georgia.
Option 1 – Apply online
You can apply online through the Georgia Gateway account (as shown in the image below). If you have an account, you can log in or create your Gateway Account. Click here to be taken to the website.
Option 2 – Apply at DFCS Office Near You
You can apply in person at the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) office near you. Click here to locate a DFCS office.
Option 3 – Download Georgia Food Stamps Application
You can download an application, complete it and mail it to your county DFCS office or submit it in person.
If you have little or no income, you may qualify to get benefits within 7 days.
This is called expedited SNAP benefits.
To find out if you qualify for Expedited SNAP processing, call DFCS at 877-423-4746.
How much will I get in Food Stamps in Georgia?
If you are approved for Georgia SNAP benefits, how much you will receive depends on your household size and net income.
The table below provides the maximum monthly benefit and the estimated average monthly benefit based on household size.
The amount you receive may differ from these amounts due to your income and other factors.
A SNAP budget must be calculated for your household in order to determine your SNAP eligibility and benefit amount.
|Household Size||Maximum SNAP Benefit||Estimated Average Monthly Benefit|
|Each additional member||(+$188)|
Can Students get Georgia Food Stamps?
Generally, Georgia college students are not eligible for SNAP.
However, you may be eligible to receive food stamp benefits as a college student if you:
- Are already getting public assistance benefits (Title IV-A Program of the Social Security Act)
- Participate in a work-study program financed by the state or federal government
- Work at least 20 hours a week
- Take care of a dependent household member under the age of 6
- Work at least 20 hours a week or participate in a work-study program and take care of a dependent household member between the ages of 5 and 12 and do not childcare for them to attend school
- Are a single parent with a child under the age of 12 and enrolled as a full-time college student
- Are placed in a college through any of the following:
If you did not meet any of the conditions listed above, then you will not be able to receive food stamps for college students.
If you do meet one of the items listed above, then you may be eligible to receive food stamps for college students. You must also meet traditional food stamp eligibility requirements for income and asset limits.
Check out our post about Food Stamps Income Limits and Eligibility for more information.
For more details on eligibility guidelines for students and how to apply, click here.
Georgia SNAP Work Requirements
There are additional requirements able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) have to meet in order to continue getting SNAP benefits in Georgia.
ABAWD is an acronym for an Able-Bodied Adult without Dependents.
Effective July 1, 2022, the Statewide Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) Waiver expired.
On Friday, July 15, 2022, the federal public health emergency (PHE) was extended and ABAWD work requirement is suspended until the federal PHE ends.
During the suspension period, ABAWDs will not lose their SNAP benefits for not meeting the ABAWD work requirement.
Without the extension of the PHE, here’s what ABAWDs in Georgia need to do to continue recieving SNAP benefits:
Georgia SNAP Work Rules for ABAWD
You must follow these rules to keep your SNAP benefits:
- Register for work. When you signed the SNAP application form, you registered for work
- Provide enough information for the agency to determine your employment status or job availability
- Participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-SNAP Works Program if assigned and as required by the program
- Participate in a workfare program if the agency refers you to one. The number of hours assigned to you each month in a workfare program will depend on the amount of your SNAP benefit
- If you are working at least 30 hours a week, do not quit or reduce your hours below 30 hours a week
- Accept a job offer unless it is not suitable for you.
You are exempted from the SNAP requirements if you meet the following requirements:
You are excused from the general work requirements if any of the following apply to you. You are:
- Under the age of 16 or are 60 years of age or older
- Responsible for the care of a child under age 6 or a person who needs help caring for themselves
- Already working at least 30 hours a week (or earning weekly wages at least equal to what you would earn from 30 hours of work at the Federal minimum wage)
- Receiving unemployment benefits or you applied for unemployment benefits
- Not able to work because of a physical or mental issue
- Attending a school, college, or training program at least half-time (please note that college students are subject to other eligibility rules)
- Meeting work requirements for another program, like TANF or unemployment benefits
- In a drug or alcohol addiction treatment program
What can I buy with Georgia EBT Benefits?
Your EBT card works like a debit card. It can be used to purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and some farmers’ markets and co-op food programs.
The USDA, which runs the food stamps program has a strict guide on what you can and cannot buy with SNAP benefits.
- meats, fish, poultry
- deli meats and steak
- dairy products
- seeds and plants that produce food for the household
- soft drinks
- snack crackers
- ice cream
- energy drinks (must have a nutrition label)
- live seafood, such as lobster, fish, and shellfish
- pumpkins (as long as they are edible)
- birthday cakes (the non-edible piece of the cake cannot exceed 50 percent)
- bakery items
Here’s what you CANNOT buy with your SNAP benefits:
- Alcoholic beverages
- tobacco products
- hot food (prepared for immediate consumption)
- Nonfood items
- pet foods
- paper products
- medicines and vitamins
- household supplies
- grooming items
What Fast Food Places Take Georgia EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP?
The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) is a federal program that enables qualified elderly, disabled, and homeless food stamps recipients to buy food at authorized restaurants. Any state or county can enroll in the Restaurant Meals Program.
The purpose of the program is to help expand food access to those who do not have a place to store and cook food, who may not be able to prepare food or who don’t have access to a grocery store.
Not all states participate in the RMP.
Currently, the Restaurant Meal Program is running in the following states:
- New York
- Rhode Island
Unfortunately, the state of Georgia does not participate in the Restaurant Meals Program.
Can you shop with Georgia EBT Card online for Delivery?
Yes. As of September 2022, you can use your Georgia EBT card to make purchases online for pick-up and/or Delivery at the following grocery stores:
- Earth Fare
- Food City
- Food Lion
- Little Giant Farmers Market
- Piggly Wiggly (HAC)
- Sam’s Club Scan and Go
- Shoppers Value Foods (Macon)
- Sprouts Farmers Market
- Whole Foods
How to Check Georgia EBT Card Balance
There are three ways to check your Georgia Peach EBT Card balance.
Option 1 – Via Phone
Call the Georgia EBT Customer Service Number: 1-888-421-3281.
Option 2 – Online
- You can check the balance online here.
Option 3 – Using the Last Transaction Receipt.
- You can also check the balance by locating your Last Receipt as shown below:
How to get a Replacement Georgia EBT Card
If your Georgia EBT card is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can get a replacement card by calling EBT Customer Service.
Call the Georgia EBT Customer Service at 1-888-421-3281.
The Customer Service Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
When are EBT Benefits Deposited?
In the state of Georgia, the DFCS distributes SNAP (Food Stamps) and TANF (Cash Assistance) benefits to those who qualify.
Food Stamps and Cash Assistance Benefits are deposited on EBT Cards over a 10-day period each month – from the 5th to the 23rd.
When your food stamps benefit is deposited on your EBT Card depends on the last digit of your ID number.
Here is the schedule of payment based on the last digit of your case number and county of residence:
Georgia EBT Deposit Dates
Here is the Georgia SNAP EBT Deposit Schedule.
|If your ID Number ends in||Benefits are deposited on the|
|00-09||5th of the month|
|10-19||7th of the month|
|20-29||9th of the month|
|30-39||11th of the month|
|40-49||13th of the month|
|50-59||15th of the month|
|60-69||17th of the month|
|70-79||19th of the month|
|80-89||21st of the month|
|90-99||23rd of the month|
Once your benefits are deposited into your account, you can begin using them with your SNAP EBT card to purchase eligible food items.
If you need help finding your ID Number, please contact your local DFCS office.
To find a DFCS County Office near you, click here.
EBT in Georgia Summary
We hope our post on EBT in Georgia was helpful to you!
If you need additional help determining your eligibility for SNAP EBT or submitting your application for Georgia SNAP, please let us know in the comments section below.
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In the meantime, be sure to check out our other articles on Georgia SNAP and EBT:
- Income Limit for Georgia Food Stamps
- How Much Will I get in Georgia SNAP?
- Georgia EBT Discounts and Perks
- How to shop online with Georgia EBT
- Kroger stores that accept EBT in Georgia