Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program

Published 06/21/2010 02:06:00 PM | Updated 06/03/2015 11:06:51 AM

How do I apply for food stamps or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)?


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program, provides monthly benefits that help eligible low-income households buy the food they need for good health. It is a program administered by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

Eligible households can receive food assistance through regular SNAP or through the Louisiana Combined Application Project (LaCAP).

LaCAP is a food assistance program for Louisiana residents who are at least 60 years of age and receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). It is a simplified version of SNAP. If you are eligible for LaCAP, you will receive a Louisiana Purchase Card and SNAP benefits will be automatically deposited into your account every month.

Comprehensive information is available about SNAP, the food stamp program, at:

Apply online:

You can apply online at the LA CAFÉ Customer Portal at:

Before you can begin using the LA CAFÉ Customer Portal, you will need to create a secure account; follow the instructions at:

Apply in person or by mail:

The application form is available online at:

  • Mail the completed form to the Document Processing Center:
    • DCFS Economic Stability
      P.O. Box 260031
      Baton Rouge, LA 70826
  • Or fax the completed form to:
    • (225) 663-3164

After the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) receives your application, you will be assigned a worker who will determine your eligibility. DCFS will send you a letter within 30 days of the date your enrollment form is received to let you know if you are eligible or not. If you are eligible, the letter will also tell you the amount of your benefits and when they will begin.

Qualifying for Benefits:

To get benefits through SNAP, households must meet income tests.

Other eligibility requirements are:

  • Residence - the client must be living in Louisiana.
  • Citizenship - household members can include either US citizens and/or certain aliens with verifiable USCIS documentation.
  • Enumeration - households must provide or apply for Social Security numbers for each member before certification.
  • Work Registration - all able-bodied adults, with specific exceptions, must register for work and accept suitable employment.

You can determine if you are eligible for food stamps through this pre-screening online tool at:

For clarification or additional questions, please call the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1-888-524-3578; view the keypad shortcuts at:


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