Waiting for SNAP benefits? Here are some resources that can help

This article was originally published in 11Alive. Read it here.

ATLANTA — As families struggle to get answers about when SNAP delays in Georgia will improve, there’s a need for resources as they try to make ends meet.

“Our team is working as quickly as possible to process clients’ benefits,” a DHS spokesperson stated when 11Alive News asked what families can do to help the process. “The fastest way for [clients] to check the status of their application or renewal is by logging into their account on the Georgia Gateway website at gateway.ga.gov. The website is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Georgia Department of Human Services also pinned a list of community resources on its homepage. In addition, 11Alive reached out to advocates and experts in the community for their recommendations for families seeking answers about their SNAP case or needing help in the wake of the disruptions.  

11Alive viewers who want to speak with a reporter about the delays can email the newsroom.

Here are a few tips and resources: 

Where to find food banks in metro Atlanta

The largest food bank organization in metro Atlanta is the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The food bank, according to the organization Feeding Georgia, serves the following counties:

The Atlanta Community Food Bank provides an interactive map that offers locations where food is available and on what days and times food is distributed.

There are other Atlanta food banks or services that provide daily meals, including:

Where to find food banks in other parts of north Georgia

Feeding Georgia offers a map that outlines which food banks cover which regions in the rest of north Georgia. Those include:

Chattanooga Area Food Bank, serving:

Georgia Mountain Food Bank, serving:

Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, serving:

For other regions of Georgia, visit the Feeding Georgia website.