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Food Stamps

 ***On December 5, 2014, the Division of Family and Children Services transitioned to a new Call Center Platform. We thank you for your patience as we make this transition in an effort to better serve customers.

Georgians now are able to apply for food stamps online through Georgia COMPASS at!

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The Georgia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as the Food Stamp Program is a federally funded program that 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.

Click here to obtain information about applying for benefits and to find out about eligibility requirements.

An application is considered filed when it has the name of the head of household, address, date and signature of the head of household or another household member, and is received by the local county department. The application may be filed online at, in person or by mail or fax to the Department of Family and Children Services. The form 297 application for benefits can be found below in the Related Files section.

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 individual or individual experiencing problems coming to the office, the interview may be done by phone, a pre-arranged home visit, or an office visit.

Elderly/disabled households may qualify for benefits regardless of the amount of gross income. To apply for benefits, contact your county Department of Family and Children Services or go to the COMPASS website at

Georgia COMPASS allows customers to apply for Food Stamps online and check their potential eligibility for other DHS social services programs through the Pre-screening tool. Customers, who create an account in Georgia COMPASS, can check the status of their application online. Also, any Food Stamp recipient can make changes to their household circumstances through Georgia COMPASS. DHS is striving to make your experience with us, Faster, Friendlier and Easier! Try Georgia COMPASS today with the link:

Senior SNAP,  an elderly simplified application project designed to make it easier for seniors to receive food stamp benefits.
You may receive Senior SNAP assistance if everyone in your household is age 60 or older, and no one is working, and your household is under the income limit to be eligible for SNAP participation.

You can apply for benefits through the Senior SNAP project by accessing an application at or by calling 404-370-6236 to have an application be mailed to you.  Applications should be mailed to:

Georgia Senior SNAP
P.O. Box 537
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Email address:

Georgia Senior SNAP Project Application(English)

Georgia Senior SNAP Project Application(Spanish)

Senior SNAP Medical Deductions

Senior SNAP Brochure


** A paper application, mailed to the above address,  is needed to participate in the Senior SNAP project. **

Civil Rights-Non-Discrimination Statement for the 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."

Locate a County DFCS Office

An interactive map designed to assist you in locating your local county DFCS office.