How Do You Apply for Food Stamps in Louisiana?

To apply for food stamp benefits in Louisiana, complete an online application at the state Department of Children and Family Services website. Applicants also have the option to download and print a paper application, fill it out and mail or turn it into any local DCFS location.

Louisiana food stamp benefits are administered through two programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and the Louisiana Combined Application Project, or LaCAP. The LaCAP is a simplified version of SNAP specifically designed for Louisiana residents who are at least 60 years of age or older and receive Supplemental Security Income.

For either program, household eligibility depends on a variety of factors. Each applicant must provide proof of US citizenship or equivalent legal alien documentation, be a Louisiana resident, have a Social Security number, and be willing to register for and accept suitable employment if able-bodied. Strict income eligibility requirements are also enforced; as of 2015, a household of four cannot bring in more than $2,584 in gross monthly income without becoming ineligible for the program. Income requirements change depending on household size. The amount of SNAP benefits a household receives also depends on the number of people living in the household and the net monthly income.