Step 1 (optional): Take the prescreening test here.
Step 2: Apply in one of the following ways:
- Print out an application form here.
- Pick up an application at your local Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) parish office.
Step 3: Mail or deliver your completed food stamps application to your local DCFS parish office.
Note: To locate an DCFS parish office near you, please go here.
For assistance, please call: 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578)
Food Stamps Information
In order to assist low income people having trouble affording food, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) was created. SNAP is usually known as food stamps, for the reason that previously, colored stamps were disbursed and utilized to obtain food items. SNAP granted support to over 40 million Americans in 2010.
Any individual in Louisiana can apply for food stamps, regardless of their background, race, gender, or religious beliefs. The typical individual received $101/month from the SNAP program in 2008, allowing them to buy bread, dairy, meat, produce, fruits and even gardening plants and seeds that bear food.
About Louisiana Food Stamps
Louisiana has two food benefits programs. The first is the the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which serves everyone who qualifies under the age of 60 years old. The second program is called LaCAP. LaCAP is available to those over the age of 60 who receive Supplemental Security Income.
Resource Limit Information
In order to be accepted into the food stamp program, you need to meet several monetary and situational requirements. Throughout the application process, and interview, you will need to have particular documents on hand.
In Louisiana, most of the applicants to the SNAP program are not required to meet the resource limit. If however you are not exempt, you need to know the limits and requirements.
- For the majority of individuals under the age of 60, you cannot have more than $2,000 in liquid assets.
- If a person within your home, or you, are at least 60 years old, then the limit is raised up to $3,000.
In case you are presently receiving aid from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF), or accept Supplemental Security Income (SSI), these do not count as assets when you apply for food stamps. What is counted as assets is any cash you’ve got, money which you have saved in a bank account, or even your vehicle (in some cases).
There’s also an income limit, that depends on the number of people living in your household at the time that you apply for food stamps.
The sum of your expenses will also be factored in. The total amount you spend for child or elderly care, rent or mortgage and utilities will all be considered. Certain medical related expenses will also be considered under certain circumstances.
Once you are accepted into the SNAP program, you’ll receive an electronic benefits transfer card (EBT). An EBT card is very much like a debit card and may be used at most grocery stores, and even some qualifying convenience stores or farmers markets.
Once you have been accepted into the SNAP program and your EBT card is issued, you will receive it in the mail within 3-5 business days.