In Louisiana, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by the Department of Children & Family Services. The program provides monthly benefits that help low-income households buy food to meet their basic nutritional needs. Though SNAP benefits only partially fund these food purchases, they are a great help for eligible families. Households can also receive food assistance through the Louisiana Combined Application Project (LaCAP). In order to qualify for SNAP benefits, most households must meet certain eligibility requirements. This includes resource tests, residency tests and income limits. A full breakdown of these tests is available here.
The next step in receiving food stamp benefits is the application process. The easiest way to apply for food stamp benefits is online. You can also download the paper application, fill it out and return it to your local DCFS office. Along with your application, you’ll need documents identifying your identity, residency and income and expenses. After receiving your application, a DCFS employee will contact you to conduct an interview. If you are approved, you will receive an EBT card, otherwise known as a Louisiana Purchase Card. Your EBT account will be credited with benefits every month during the first 14 days of the month. You use your EBT card like any debit card. Simply swipe at the register and enter your four-digit PIN.
1. When will I receive SNAP benefits after I apply?
You will receive SNAP benefits within 30 days after you turn in your application. Those who are eligible for expedited benefits can receive them within four days.
2. How are benefit amounts calculated?
Benefit amounts are based on the Thrifty Food Plan amounts established by the USDA. For more information, visit their site.
3. How can I check my EBT account balance?
To check your Louisiana EBT account balance, simply log on to their website and enter your account information.
4. What is the Louisiana Combined Application Project?
The Louisiana Combined Application Project is a food assistance program for state residents who are at least 60 years old and receive Supplemental Security Income. It is essentially a simplified version of SNAP.
5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?
Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.
Contact: Louisiana Food Stamps.