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The Louisiana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly called the Food Stamp Program) helps you and your family buy food needed for good health. You can buy food from most grocery stores and other retailers that sell food. If you meet the program guidelines, you will get a special debit card (called an EBT Card). The EBT card comes with a certain amount of money already on it to pay for food. The amount of money you get on the card may depend on three things:
  • household income from all sources (earned and unearned) such as money you get from a job, Social Security, SSI, or interest
  • how many people live in your household
  • where you live
You can use the card at most grocery stores, certain senior centers, and some meal delivery services such as Meals on Wheels. It works just like a regular debit card. You buy your groceries using the card and the cost is taken out of the total amount on the card. More money is put on your EBT card on a monthly basis.

How do I apply?

To apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), you can print and fill out the application form and mail it to your local office. You can also apply by using the online application. Call your State Hotline at (888) LA HELPU (524-3578)to see if you can apply by phone. If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and you are 60 years of age or older, the state has created the Louisiana Combined Application Project (LaCAP)to make it easier for you to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

You can get help from this program if you have limited income and resources. Some resources such as your home, car, and certain retirement accounts may not be counted when determining whether you meet the program guidelines.

In some cases, you may be able to take part in this program without having to do anything. You will automatically get the program or have more generous rules if you and/or members of your household already get cash benefits from other programs such as:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Additionally, if you get non-cash benefits (including TANF-funded informational pamphlet or counseling services), you may have higher income and/or resource limits.

Please note:In certain situations, there may be other program rules that you may need to meet such as taking part in Employment & Training programs and other work requirements.

If you are a U.S. citizen and meet the other program guidelines, you may get help from this program. If you live in the United States but are not a U.S. citizen, you may still apply if you and/or members of your household meet at least one of following guidelines for legal immigrants:

  • lived legally in the United States for at least 5 years or more
  • get disability related assistance or benefits, no matter when you entered the United States
  • children under the age of 18, no matter when the child entered the United States

Food Stamps Application Instructions

In order to apply for SNAP (Food Stamps), you will have to fill out an application and submit it with the DCFS office. You can do this in two different ways.

Apply Online

You can fill an application online for Louisiana Food Stamps (SNAP) benefits. Click here to to fill your application. Once you complete the application, hit submit button to submit the application online to DCFS office.

Apply Through Mail

You can fill out an application after downloading it from this link, after you fill it out you will need to send it to DCFS office through mail.

Apply in Person

You can apply in person by visiting your nearest DCFS office. You will be provided an application that you can fill and submit in the DCFS office.

Click here to find the phone numbers, addresses, and directions to your nearest DCFS.

When you apply for Louisiana SNAP benefits, you will receive a call from a DCFS employee to interview you over the phone. In some cases, DCFS may request an interview in person.

Eligibility Requirements

Louisiana SNAP-Food Stamps have certain categorical and financial criteria for awarding benefits. Applicants will have to be:

  • U.S citizens or qualified aliens
  • Residents of Louisiana

All persons in the household will have to register for work. They should also accept suitable employment. Some persons, such as those determined unfit for work, elderly, and disabled, are exempted from work registration.

Apart from these basic eligibility requirements, Louisiana SNAP (Food Stamps) also requires applicants to meet certain income and resources requirements.

Income Requirements

Households applying for SNAP will have to meet gross and net income requirements. However, households with an elderly person (aged 60 or above) or a disabled are only required to clear net income eligibility. The net and gross income limit varies with number of people in the household. Similarly, amount of SNAP benefits also varies with income requirements. Here is a chart to help you determine whether your household meets income limits or not.

Income Limits According to Household Size

Household SizeGross Monthly IncomeNet Monthly IncomeFood Stamp Benefits

For households with more members, please add $429 in Gross monthly limit and $330 in Net monthly limit for each additional person. For benefits, add $150 for each additional household member.

Resources requirements

Households that require to pass resources eligibility test can't have more than $2000 in resources. Households with a person over 60 or disabled can have $3250 in resources and still qualify for SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits.

Households where an individual receives benefits from certain programs such as FITAP, KCSP, and STEP will be exempt from resources eligibility test.

If you want to check your eligibility before you apply for the program, you can use pre-screening eligibility tool by clicking here.

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Clients can apply for SNAP benefits by filling out an online application or faxing/mailing a print application.


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Online Application

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  • After submitting your application, call us Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to complete an interview over the phone. You no longer need to wait on a scheduled phone interview, saving you time.
  • If a face-to-face interview is requested, you may schedule an appointment with any DCFS parish office.

Print Application

Step One

Step Two

Step Three

Choose one of the following options:

  • Mail the completed form to the Document Processing Center:
    • DCFS Economic Stability
      P.O. Box 260031
      Baton Rouge, LA 70826
  • Fax the completed form to:
  • Drop off at the nearest local office

NOTE:  Applications cannot be emailed. 

Step Four

  • After submitting your application, call us Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to complete an interview over the phone. You no longer need to wait on a scheduled phone interview.
  • If a face-to-face interview is requested, you may schedule an appointment with any DCFS parish office.

Phone Application

Unable to complete an application online or my mail? You may also contact DCFS at 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578) to apply by phone.



Helpful Links
Statewide Initiatives
How To Check The Status Of My SNAP Application


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