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. This can be mailed to Louisiana's SNAP Document Processing Center
DCFS Economic Stability
P.O. Box 260031
Baton Rouge, LA 70826
Dropped off at the nearest DCFS office

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 Size Max Gross Monthly Eligibility Standard 130% Poverty Max Gross Monthly Eligibility Standard 200% Poverty Max Net Monthly Income Eligibility Standard
1 $1,580 $2,430 $1,215
2 $2,137 $3,288 $1,644
3 $2,694 $4,144 $2,072
4 $3,250 $5,000 $2,500
5 $3,807 $5,858 $2,929
6 $4,364 $6,714 $3,357
7 $4,921 $7,570 $3,785
8 $5,478 $8,424 $4,214
Each Additional Member +$557 +$858 +$429

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 this web page for more information.