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The Georgia Food Stamp program, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Nutrition Services. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and households, as well as economic benefits to communities. SNAP is mandated on the local level by the Georgia Department of Human Services.
Eligibility for SNAP in Georgia is based upon resources, monthly income, household size and deductions/expenses. Households may have $2,250 in countable resources, such as a bank account. Certain resources, such as a home or property, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and pension plans are not considered countable resources. If your home has at least one person that is either over the age of 60 or is disabled, you are allotted $3,250 in countable resources.
Households must also meet certain income standards in order to receive SNAP benefits. The amount of allowable monthly income is solely determined by the size of your household. To see if your household meets the allowable monthly income, please refer to the chart below.
The gross income in the chart above refers to the household’s total income before deductions have been made. To see a list of eligible deductions, please refer to the image below.
If you believe that you are eligible for SNAP benefits in Georgia, you can apply online at www.compass.ga.gov. Compass is a quick and easy way for people in Georgia to get answers to questions about health and human services, determine their eligibility for benefits, apply for benefits and check on the status of their application. To apply for benefits, click here. To download the Georgia SNAP application to apply in person or mail, click here.
If you need help using the Georgia Compass website, there are Community Partners that can assist you. To reach them, please call 1-877-423-4746. The MyCompass website can also be used to apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, Child Care, PeachCare for Kids®, WIC, Energy Assistance, Child Support Services, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Aging Services, Community Services Block Grant Funds, and/or Housing Assistance.
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**ATTENTION: Since this article was posted, Georgia COMPASS has moved to a new platform called Georgia Gateway. Georgia COMPASS no longer exists. You can use the new Georgia Gateway platform to access all social benefit programs. For more information on the Georgia Gateway platform, please see our updated post on Georgia Gateway, here.