Public Assistance - Related Links TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), commonly known as welfare, is the monthly cash assistance program for poor families with children under age 18. Cooperation with Department of Human Services Division of Child Support Services is a requirement of receiving TANF benefits. Food Stamps The Georgia Food Stamp program provides monthly benefits to low-income households to help pay for the cost of food. A household may be one person living alone, a family, or several, unrelated individuals living together who routinely purchase and prepare meals together. Anyone may apply for food stamp benefits. The program helps households that have limited income and resources. Medicaid Medicaid is a program that provides health care services to individuals that meet the requirements for income, resources and citizenship. Individuals may apply for Medicaid at any local Georgia Department of Human Services DFCS office, by mail, telephone, fax, e-mail, or at designated agencies.