2020 Georgia Food Stamps Eligibility and How to Apply

The Georgia food stamps program provides monthly benefits to low-income households to help pay for the cost of food. In this post, we will walk you through the Georgia food stamps eligibility, including income limits, how much you will receive if you are approved for benefits, how to determine if you are eligible and what happens after you apply.

Our goal is that by the time you finish reading this article, you will have all the information you need to submit a successful application for Georgia food assistance.

"Georgia Food Stamps Eligibility"

This Post on Georgia Food Stamps will cover:

  • How to Check for Georgia Food Stamps Eligibility
  • Georgia Food Stamps Income limit
  • How Much Will I Recieve in Georgia Food Stamps?
  • Should I apply for Georgia Food Stamps?
  • How to Apply for Georgia Food Stamps
  • Georgia Food Stamps Work Requirement
  • Do I qualify for Emergency Food Stamps in Georgia?
  • How do I renew my Georgia food stamps benefits?
  • Georgia Gateway Login
  • Georgia Food Stamps Phone Number
  • Can you apply for Georgia Food Stamps as a Student?
  • FAQs about Georgia Food Stamps

How to Check for Georgia Food Stamps Eligibility

In order to qualify for The Georgia food stamps program, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), you must meet the program eligibility guidelines.

To be eligible for Georgia SNAP, your household’s income and resources must meet three tests:

1. Gross Income Test

The first test you must meet is the gross monthly income test. This is a household’s income before any allowable deductions are applied.

The USDA requires that a household’s income must be at or below 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual gross household income (before taxes) that is less than or equal to the following amounts:

Use the chart below to find out whether your household makes less than the gross monthly income limit.

Georgia Food Stamps Income limit

The Georgia SNAP Program counts most types of income to see if a household is eligible.

Households must have their total monthly gross income compared to a percentage of the federal poverty level.

The “Income Chart” below shows the Gross and Net Income limits based on percentages of the Federal Poverty Level.

Household Size Gross monthly income
(130 percent of poverty)
Net monthly income
(100 percent of poverty)
1 $1,354 $1,041
2 $1,832 $1,410
3 $2,311 $1,778
4 $2,790 $2,146
5 $3,269 $2,515
6 $3,748 $2,883
7 $4,227 $3,251
8 $4,705 $3,620
Each additional member ➕ $479 ➕ $369
2. Net Income Test

The next test is the Net Income Test. The Net Income, or household income after deductions are applied, must be at or below the poverty line.

To get calculate your household’s net income, you have to take your gross income and subtract any allowable deductions.

Use the chart above to find out whether your household makes less than the net monthly income limit.

Below are the allowable deductions:

  • 20% deduction from earned income;
  • Standard deduction based on household size;
  • Cost of child care when needed to work, seek work or attend training for work;
  • Medical expenses more than $35 for elderly or disabled household members;
  • Court-ordered child support payments paid to non-household members; or
  • A portion of shelter and utility costs

How to Calculate Net Income

The table below shows an example of net income calculations based on a $2,050 gross income, after allowable deductions.

"Food stamps income limit calculator"

3. Resources Test

The final test is the resources test. A household may have $2,250 in countable resources, or $3,500 in countable resources if at least one person is age 60 or older, or is disabled.

What Counts as Resources?
For your application, resources that could be available to the household to purchase food are counted towards your limit.

This includes:

  • Bank accounts
  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • Real estate other than your home
  • Income you earn from assets (like interest earned on savings and dividends you receive).

Items you own that are not accessible, such as the household’s home, personal property, and retirement savings, will not count towards your resources limit.

In addition, the resources of people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the resources of people who receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and most retirement (pension) plans are not counted.

Most vehicles do not count.

How Much Will I Recieve in Georgia Food Stamps?

The amount of food stamps benefits a household gets depends on how many people are in the household and how much monthly net income remains after taking allowable deductions.

Because food stamps households are expected to spend about 30 percent of their own resources on food, the amount of food stamps you get is calculated by multiplying your household’s net monthly income by 0.3, and subtracting the result from the maximum monthly allotment for your household size.

People in Household Maximum Monthly Allotment
1 $194
2 $355
3 $509
4 $646
5 $768
6 $921
7 $1,018
8 $1,164
Each additional person +$146

Should I apply for Georgia Food Stamps?

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

This includes households experiencing a temporary crisis as well as households whose income is at or below the poverty level.

To figure out if you qualify for food stamps in Georgia, you need two pieces of information – your household size and income:

Household size

Your household size is how many people you live and buy/make food with.

You may live with people who don’t count as household members, like tenants who are renting a room, or adult children (22+) who buy/make their own food.

Children (under 22) always count as household members, even if they buy/make their own food.

Elderly (60+) and disabled people count as household members if you buy/make food for them, or you buy/make food together. If they live with you but buy/make food separately, they do not count as household members.

Income

How much money your household makes. This includes both earned income (the money you make from jobs) and unearned income (cash assistance, Social Security, unemployment insurance, and child support, etc.).

In order to determine if you qualify for Georgia SNAP benefits, answer the two questions below.

Basic Eligibility Questions:

Question 1

Does anyone in your household have a social security number?

Question 2

Is your monthly income before taxes less than the amount allowed?

Use the income chart above to see if your household’s monthly income, before taxes and other deductions, is under the limit allowed for your household size.

If you answered YES to both questions, you may qualify for Food Assistance.

If you answered NO, you may still qualify for Food Assistance.

There are special rules for households that have people who are over 60, disabled and immigrants.

Note that the only way to be 100% sure you qualify is to submit an application.

How to Apply for Georgia Food Stamps

There are 3 ways you can apply for food stamps in Georgia.

Option 1 – Apply online

You can apply online through the Georgia Gateway account (as shown in the image below). If you have an account, you can log in or create your Gateway Account. Click here to be taken to the website.

Option 2 – Apply at DFCS Office Near You

You can apply in person at the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) office near you. Click here to locate a DFCS office.

Option 3 – Download Georgia Food Stamps Application

You can download an application, complete it and mail it to your county DFCS office or submit it in person.

"How to Apply for Georgia Food Stamps"

How long to get Approved for Georgia Food Stamps?

Once you submit a complete application, your caseworker will schedule an interview with you to review your application information and ask any questions they may have about the information you submitted.

Generally, a decision will be made on your food stamps application within 30 days of the day you submitted a COMPLETE application.

What happens in the interview?

During the food stamps application interview, the caseworker will ask you questions about your household’s income, resources, rent or mortgage, and utility costs.

Certain households may also be asked about medical expenses, childcare and child
support expenses.

You may be required to provide proof to support the information provided in your application.

You may bring the following documents with you to the interview

  • A proof of your identity
  • Proof of your citizenship such as birth certificate, U.S. passport, hospital record, etc.
  • Immigration papers for persons applying for benefits, who are not U.S. citizens
  • Social security numbers for persons applying for benefits
  • Proof of income for each household member (check stubs, award letters for social security or veterans administration, unemployment benefits, contributions from
  • family or friends, child support, etc.)
  • Last month’s rent receipt or mortgage payment book
  • Medical bills for persons age 60 and older and/or disabled
  • Childcare receipts for children whose parents are working, in school, or in training.

Note that additional information and proof may be required depending upon your situation.

However, if you do not have all the information when you first apply, you are given 10 days from the date of the interview to provide the required proof.

Georgia Food Stamps Work Requirement

Healthy adults, 18 to 49 years of age, who do not have dependent children or are not pregnant, can only get Georgia Food Stamps benefits for 3 months in a 3-year period if they are not working or participating in a work or workfare program.

For more on Georgia Food Stamp Employment & Training (E&T) Program for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) click here.

Do I qualify for Emergency Food Stamps in Georgia?

Every food stamps application is screened for qualification for emergency food stamps.

If you meet the qualification, your application will be expedited and you may receive benefits within seven days.

The fastest way to receive emergency food stamps is to apply in person at your local DFCS office. Click here to locate a DFCS office.

To be eligible for expedited benefits, you must meet one of these three criteria:

    • Your income and money in the bank add up to less than the monthly housing expenses.
    • You are a migrant worker, and money in the bank is less than $10.
    • Your monthly income is less than $150, and money in the bank is less than $100.

If you believe you are eligible for expedited benefits but don’t get them, contact your caseworker and request that your file be reviewed by a supervisor.

How do I renew my Georgia food stamps benefits?

Here are the steps to review your Georgia food stamps.

Step 1

A few weeks before your food stamps benefits are set to expire, you will receive a letter in the mail from the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) with instructions on when and how to renew your benefits.

Step 2

Follow the instructions and renew your benefits before the due date indicated in the letter. You may be able to renew your benefits online.

However, if online renewal is not provided as an option, complete the paperwork provided and turn it in at your local DFCS office. Click here to locate a DFCS office.

If you have questions about how to renew your Georgia food stamps, call your caseworker, local DFCS office, or the Georgia Food Stamps Customer Contact Center at 1.877.423.4746.

Georgia Gateway Login

The Georgia Gateway system allows you to connect with public assistance information 24/7.

In Georgia Gateway you can:

  • Apply for benefits
  • Check your benefits
  • Renew your benefits
  • Report changes to your case
  • View notices
  • Upload documents

To login to your Gateway Account, or create a new account, click here.

"Georgia Gateway Login"

Georgia Food Stamps Phone Number

If you are trying to reach Georgia Food Stamps or DFCS, you can call the Customer Contact Center at 1.877.423.4746.

Agents available from 8 am to 5 pm Monday – Friday.

Customer Service agents can assists callers in a number of ways, including:

  • Report changes and updates to case information
  • Find out the status of an application or case
  • Request forms, packets, applications
  • Apply for benefits

How will I receive my Georgia SNAP Benefits?

Your Georgia SNAP benefits will be deposited each month on an EBT (electronic benefits transfer) card.

An EBT card is a plastic card that acts like a debit card that is used to distribute public assistance benefits.

The Georgia EBT Card (as shown below) is used for the delivery of benefits such as Food Stamps.

"Georgia EBT Card"

To check the balance on your Georgia EBT Card, see our Georgia EBT Card Balance post.

What time will my food stamps post to my Georgia EBT card?

In Georgia, Food Stamp Benefits are deposited into EBT Card accounts from the 5th to the 23rd of every month. When your payment is deposited depends on the last two digits of your ID number. Here is the schedule:

Food stamps benefits are available by 6 am on the payment day.

If your ID Number ends in Benefits are deposited on the
00-09 5th of the month
10-19 7th of the month
20-29 9th of the month
30-39 11th of the month
40-49 13th of the month
50-59 15th of the month
60-69 17th of the month
70-79 19th of the month
80-89 21st of the month
90-99 23rd of the month

Once your benefits are deposited into your account, you can begin using them with your Georgia EBT card to purchase eligible food items. For a full list of approved food items, see the Food Stamps Eligible Food List here.

Georgia Food Stamps FAQs

Here are the most frequently asked questions about Georgia food stamps

I live with other people. Do I have to put their names on my application?

Yes. If you buy and prepare food with the people you live with, then you have to all apply together.

However, if you do not buy and prepare food with the people you live with, you should apply separately, but you would still need to put their names on your application.

In addition, some people must always apply together, including spouses and children under 22 living with a parent or step-parent.

Do I Qualify for Georgia Food Stamps?

Are you one of the people described below? You still qualify to apply for food stamps.

What if I own a car?

You can own a car and still qualify for Georgia SNAP Benefits.

What if I have a job?

You can have a job and still qualify for Georgia SNAP Benefits.

What if I own my home?

You can own the home you live in and still qualify for Georgia SNAP Benefits.

What if I am homeless?

You can qualify for Georgia SNAP Benefits even if you do not have a home, address, or place to cook. People without homes can often get benefits within three days.

See emergency food stamps below.

What if I’m unemployed?

Yes, as long as you aren’t leaving a job or reducing your hours specifically so that you’ll qualify.

What if I have a drug felony conviction?

Yes. You’re eligible for food stamps even with a felony drug conviction. Georgia is not one of the 7 states that deny SNAP benefits to people with a drug felony.

Can I get Georgia SNAP Benefits if I’m not a citizen?

Non-citizens who have qualified alien immigration status are eligible for food stamps.

Qualified aliens include refugees, victims of trafficking, Cuban and Haitian immigrants, Iraqi and Afghan immigrants with special status, and more.

Will applying for or receiving Georgia SNAP Benefits impact my family’s immigration status?

No, applying for Georgia SNAP Benefits will not impact you or your family’s immigration status.

Can I qualify if I do not have a family?

Individuals can qualify for food stamps. You do not have to have children to qualify.

Can I get Georgia SNAP Benefits if I am in the military?

If you meet the eligibility requirements you can qualify for Georgia SNAP Benefits if you are in the military.

Can people who receive SSI/SSP receive Georgia SNAP Benefits?

As of March 2020, people who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income) are eligible for Georgia SNAP Benefits.

Are the medical expenses of seniors and disabled people considered in determining eligibility?

Yes, there are special rules and deductions for seniors (60 years or older) and disabled people.

What are the food assistance work requirements for ABAWDs?

An Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) must meet the work requirements each month to continue to receive food assistance benefits.

How can an ABAWD meet the work requirements?

There are several qualifying activities an ABAWD can participate in to meet their work requirements:

    • Working (employment or self-employment) an average of 20 hours per week, 80 hours per month (work hours can include hours in lieu of pay, such as work in exchange for rent, etc.);
    • Participating in an allowable education or training activity for at least 20 hours per week, 80 hours per month;
    • If you are participating in and complying with a workfare program, such as Comparable Workfare;
    • Participating in a work investment and opportunity act (WIOA) training program;
    • Any combination of working and participating in a work program for a total of 20 hours per week.

What is Comparable Workfare?

Comparable workfare is one way an able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) can meet the special ABAWD work requirements.

Georgia’s Comparable Workfare Program is an unsalaried placement at a well-supervised work site with a public or private non-profit provider.

All state, federal, county, and city government agencies are potential workfare sponsors.

Comparable workfare provides participants with opportunities to develop basic work habits, practice skills, and demonstrate the ability to learn new skills to a prospective employer.

I am a Student. Can I get Georgia Food Stamps?

Most able-bodied students ages 18 through 49 who are enrolled in college or other institutions of higher education at least half time are not eligible for SNAP benefits.

However, students may be able to get SNAP benefits if otherwise eligible and they:

    • Get public assistance benefits under a Title IV-A program;
    • Take part in a state or federally financed work-study program;
    • Work at least 20 hours a week;
    • Are taking care of a dependent household member under the age of 6;
    • Are taking care of a dependent household member over the age of 5 but under 12 and do not have adequate child care to enable them to attend school and work a minimum of 20 hours, or to take part in a state or federally financed work-study program; or
    • Are assigned to or placed in a college or certain other schools through:
  • A program under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998;
  • A program under Section 236 of the Trade Act of 1974;
  • An employment and training program under the Food Stamp Act; or
  • An employment and training program operated by a state or local government.

Also, a single parent enrolled full time in college and taking care of a dependent household member under the age of 12 can get SNAP benefits if otherwise eligible.

Is there a Georgia Gateway Mobile App?

Unfortunately, there is no mobile app created by the state of Georgia to access the Georgia Gateway account.

We will make an announcement on this website as soon as one becomes available.

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