The Louisiana Food Stamps/SNAP program is administered by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). The SNAP program provides food assistance to eligible low income households to buy healthy food. There are two ways to apply for SNAP benefits in Louisiana. To begin, you will have to fill out an application and submit it to the DCFS . You can either apply and submit the application online, as we have described below in details – or you can walk into a DCFS office to apply in person.
Louisiana Food Stamps Eligibility
To be eligible for the Louisiana Food Stamps, there are strict eligibility requirements that must be met. This includes resource and income requirements. While a lot of households may be exempted from the resource requirements, there is no escaping the income requirements for most households. We therefore want to make sure you review the income guidelines and do your own review before you apply. Most households must meet both the gross and net income tests, but a household with a person who is 60 years old or older or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test. Gross income means a household’s total, non-excluded income, before any deductions have been made. Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions. Below is the income chart.
As you can see, the income requirements depend on number of people in households. You also have to consider gross income and net income limits to arrive at how much your household qualifies for. There are also residence, citizenship, enumeration and work registration requirements that you must comply with.
Apply for Louisiana Food Stamps Online
As stated before, you can apply for Louisiana Food Stamps online or in-person at a Department of Children and Family Services office. To apply online click here.
We have also provided a detailed list of what to expect during the application process. The image below shows you the 4 steps you are going to go through when you apply for SNAP benefits in Louisiana. There is also a phone number to call for help ( 1-888-LAHELP-U).
There you have it. Complete information to help you get food assistance in Lousiana. We hope this guide was helpful. If you have any questions or comments about the process, or if you encountered difficulty during the process and would like to share with our readers, please comment in detail below so others can also learn from your experience. If you have questions directly related to your application, call the DCFS at the number listed above.