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You can apply online for Georgia food stamps (SNAP Benefits) through the compass website. In this post, we will show you the options available to apply for food assistance in Georgia through the Division of Family and Children Services (which is a part of the Department of Human Services). Here are the steps to apply:
Step 1 – Are you Eligible to Apply for Food Stamps
You first have to determine if you are eligible to apply for food assistance. There are eligibility criteria that you must meet in order to be approved for SNAP benefits. This is largely based on your household income and where it falls in relation to the national poverty guidelines. A household may be one person living alone or a family. It could also be several or unrelated individuals living together who purchase and prepare meals together.
To qualify for Georgia food stamps, you have to be a resident of the state and you must fall in one of the following categories of people: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself).
You also have to meet the income guidelines that are outlined below. As you will see, it is based on the size of your household (number of people living in your household) and the maximum income of that household. As of 2014, here is the income qualification guidelines:
Step 2 – Georgia food stamps online application
If you think you qualify for SNAP benefits, you can apply online by visiting the compass website. Go to https://compass.ga.gov/selfservice/
You can also apply by phone – If you need a language interpreter, help completing forms, require accommodations for a disability or assistance in obtaining information in order to complete your application call 1-877-423-4746.
You can also complete a paper application for benefits and submit it to a Department of Family and Children Services office in your county. Click here to print the paper application.
Step 3 – Interview
You or a member of your household must be interviewed by a staff member from the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to review your application and make sure you have everything you need for a complete application. During the interview, you will be asked questions to confirm your eligibility and better understand why you need food assistance. The caseworker will ask you questions about your household’s income, resources, rent or mortgage, and utility costs. You will also be asked to bring certain documentation to the interview. See below for a complete list of documents you may be asked to bring.
Step 4 – Check Status
You can always check the status of your application by visiting the compass website at https://compass.ga.gov/selfservice/ and click on the “Application Status Check” image on the page. You will need your User ID and password in order to login. If you forgot your password, click on the “Forgot Password” link to retrieve it.
Step 5 – Receive EBT Card
If you are determined eligible for benefits, you will receive your Georgia Food Stamps Peach EBT Card within 30 days. A notice is sent to each household stating whether the household is eligible for food stamp benefits after a review of the application submitted. If eligible, the notice states the amount of benefits the household will receive and how long the household will receive benefits before having to reapply.
Food Stamp benefits are issued on Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which can be used at EBT approved food retailers. If you are issued an EBT card, your benefits will be issued on the card at a certain date of the month. The table above shows how that works. You should protect your EBT card and also avoid using it for food that is not approved. Food stamps abuse can land you in jail for a long time and you could lose the benefits for a long period of time. To check the balance on your SNAP Benefits Card, click here.
Here are some helpful frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the program that you will find helpful.
We hope you found this Georgia food stamps online application post helpful. If you have any questions about the application process that has not already been answered or you need clarification on something regarding the application process or the EBT card usage itself, please comment below.