Louisiana residents can apply to participate in SNAP through the Department of Children and Family Services. SNAP is used for providing individuals with low income with benefits so that they can afford healthy food without having to sacrifice paying their bills or their rent. Although SNAP only covers part of the budget, it greatly helps many individuals who are seeking to provide food for their families. There are two programs that are available in Louisiana. One is SNAP and the other is through the Louisiana Combined Application Project, also known as LaCAP. To learn more about these programs, you can visit the site of the Department of Children and Family Services for more information.
Individuals can fill out an online application for SNAP through the FAApplication website. The website requires individuals to set up an account and then proceed with the Louisiana Online Application for Assistance. Individuals have to provide basic information about themselves, including their social security number. When the account has been created, individuals have 30 to complete the application before it will be deleted by the system. The system can also be used to apply for more than one program. Each application is reviewed by representatives and then interviews are scheduled to learn more information. The interview time is when questions are asked about your income and people living in your household.
When you have applied, you will have to wait for your decision through the mail. The eligibility depends on your income and your assets, as well as the size of your household. There is a screening tool that you can use to determine whether or not you will qualify for aid. There are also requirements such as citizenship, residence, enumeration, and proof of work registration. You should be registered or work or you should be registered for unemployment. If you are approved, you will receive a Louisiana Purchase Card which works the same as an EBT card. You will be able to use it at any of the grocery stores or vendors that accept SNAP within the area. If you are not eligible, you may want to consider some of the other programs available in Louisiana.
For more information about accessing SNAP benefits in New Orleans, Louisiana you can use the following contact information. If you are unsure if you are eligible for the SNAP program in New Orleans, please use the screening tool by following the link listed below. This tool will help you determine an approximate amount you may be eligible for each month. If you would like to move forward with the application process you may then visit the application website listed below and complete the SNAP application. This application can be sent your local office and a representative or case worker will contact you regarding your appointment date.
Helpful Links and Phone Numbers
Department of Children and Family Services Website - http://www.dss.state.la.us/index.cfm
FAApplication website - https://webapps.dss.state.la.us/FAApplication/
Screening - http://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/
SNAP – 1888-524-3578 / 1-888-LAHELP-U
Family Support Office
1661 Canal St # 2000, New Orleans, LA 70112-2845 (504) 599-1700.
Office of Family Assistance Department of Social Services
3510 General Meyer Avenue New Orleans, LA 70114 (504) 361-6366