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How to apply for a Georgia Compass EBT Card (Food Stamps)

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georgia ebt card In Georgia, eligible families can receive the Georgia Compass Card, an  EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer), or essentially, an electronic version of food stamps. When your card is used at approved grocery stores, the amount is automatically deducted from a monthly allowance.

The Georgia Food Stamp Program provides these benefits to low-income households to help pay for the cost of food. Additionally, the program provides education and information to families that receive food stamps to promote healthy eating and healthy lifestyles as well as employment and training opportunities for single childless adults. They also provide outreach activities to promote the Food Stamp Program to communities and low-income individuals.

To Apply


Each county has a Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) office. This department takes applications for food stamp benefits. Look under the county government section of your telephone book or go to the website of the Department of Human Resources at to find the address and telephone number of your local department.


All Department of Family and Children Services offices are open Monday through Friday, except for holidays, and office hours are usually from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. Call your local county department for the office hours in your area. Online applications are available 24 hours a day via

To make an application for benefits, the head of household, household member, or authorized person representing the household completes an application for assistance. An application form can be obtained from your local County Department of Family and Children Services or from the website. You can go to the office to apply or call the office to request that an application form be mailed to your household or have someone get a form for you. You may copy the blank application found on the website at: Complete the form and mail or fax or take it to your local County Department.

The table below shows the maximum income allowed to qualify, as well as the maximum amount of food stamp benefits that could be available to use on your Georgia Compass Card:

Household Size

Maximum Gross Income Limit
Per Month (10/01/08)

 Food Stamp Benefit

























Each additional

+ $390



What if I have questions about my Compass Card?

Call the Helpline, the Helpline is open for your questions:

TOLL FREE NUMBER: 1-800-869-1150
IN ATLANTA AREA: (404) 657-9358

When should I call the Helpline?

    • Call IMMEDIATLY if your Georgia Compass Card is lost or stolen.
    • Call if your Compass Card is bent or otherwise damaged
    • Call when you need to know your Compass Card balance.
    • Call if you have other questions or need additional help with your Compass Card.

How do the benefits work?

Benefits will be credited to your EBT account from the 5th through the 14th of each month. In order to access your benefits, you will need your EBT card as well as your PIN. If your EBT card is lost or stolen or you forget your PIN, please call the customer service help line at 1-800-869-1150. Your lost or stolen card will then be cancelled.


A new EBT card and/or PIN will be issued to your household. To obtain information on-line about your EBT account, log on to: Using your card number and Personal Identification Number (PIN), you can:


  • Check your current account balance
  • Review your transaction history
  • Change your PIN
  • Contact Customer Service

You should have your card number ready in order to access your information. Remember ... keep your EBT and PIN numbers in a safe place. If someone gains access to your EBT card and PIN, that person is able to use your benefits. Benefits taken from your EBT account are not replaced by DFCS and the state of Georgia.


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First, I get a letter which tells me how to get to the screen, I need, to "REVIEW" my account.  It has now been over an hour and I still do not SEE that. button.  It did make me create an account by typing in a "CAPTCHA" which apparently is a hidden code word.  Only it was SO distorted I could not read it, and had to keep getting new ones, as the results were, that I failed to get the correct word.  Then, I sign in to a new account and it no longer says it is FOOD STAMPS it says "Saving Tools"  I have no idea if they are some rip off company in Brazil trying to get me info.  How would we know?  I and still looking for the "Review my benefits tabs"
So, mush to my dismay, I hit the button to APPLY for Stamps.  Even though the letter clearly says "Review my benefits" and it sends me to another location, which I am not sure it has anything to do with Georgia EBT or is yet another perhaps fake site asking for personal information.
This site is confusing and poorly done, with all of us who have lost our employment, you'd think you would have tons oresumes from people who might do a lttle better job than this.  Nice try, but it is lacking in ease and instructions.
[ summary: I am a silly person that can't tell the difference between an article and the official compass website ]