Food Stamps

The Georgia Food Stamp program provides monthly benefits to low-income households to help pay for the cost of food.  A household may be one person living alone, a family, or several; unrelated individuals living together who routinely purchase and prepare meals together.

Anyone may apply for food stamp benefits.  The program helps households that have limited income and resources. 

When an application which provides the name of the head of household, date and signature of the head of household or another household member is received, either through the mail or in person or by fax, to the Department of Family and Children Services, the application is considered filed.

After your application is filed, you or a member of your household must be interviewed by a staff person from DFCS.  The person who is interviewed must know about your household situation. 

For an elderly/disabled individuals or individual experiencing problems coming to the office, the interview may be done by a pre-arranged home visit, through the mail or by telephone.   Elderly/disabled households may qualify for benefits regardless of their amount of gross income.

To apply for benefits contact your county Department of Family and Children Services or access Georgia COMPASS online at

Georgians now are able to apply for food stamps online with Georgia COMPASS at! Georgia COMPASS allows customers to apply for Food Stamps online and check their potential eligibility for other DHR social services programs through the Enterprise Pre-screening tool. Customers, who create an account in Georgia COMPASS, will be able to check the status of their application online. In February 2009, any Food Stamp recipient will be able to make changes to their household circumstances through Georgia COMPASS. DHR is striving to make your experience with us, Faster, Friendlier and Easier! Try Georgia COMPASS today with the link below:

Food Stamps Pre-Screening Eligibility Tool

This Pre-Screening Tool can be used to determine if you may be eligible to receive Food Stamp benefits. This Pre-Screening Tool is not an application for Food Stamps. An application for Food Stamps must be made at your local Food Stamp Office.

Before you begin, you may want to look up the amounts of your earnings, rent or mortgage, utility bills, child support, day care expenses, medical bills (if you are 60 or older, or disable), child support payments or SSI, social security or VA payments.

Civil Rights-Non-Discrimination Statement for Food Stamp Program

"In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability."

"To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) -720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

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