Stretch Your Food Dollar!
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP benefits is designed to help your family stretch the money it has to pay for food. We all need food that is healthy and good for us. Yet, sometimes we make trade-offs to pay the rent, utilities, or other expenses. Things can get even tighter when faced with unplanned expense, like your child getting sick or a flat tire. To ease the stress, SNAP benefits are paid monthly, and are placed on an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card. At the grocery store, the card is swiped just like a credit or debit card to pay for the food items such as vegetables, breads and cereals, fruits, milk, and meat. SNAP benefits can also be used to purchase plants and seeds used to growfood. SNAP benefits can also be spent at your local farmers’ market where locally grown fruit and vegetables are sold (Stay tuned for future posts, and we will let you know when the Oklahoma markets open)! The truth is that many people qualify for SNAP benefits, but do not know it. You can receive SNAP benefits if you own your home, car, or if you
get paid in cash. The amount of SNAP benefits vary depending on the size of your family, and your income. The application is on-line or at your local Oklahoma Department of Health and Human Service (DHS) office. You can avoid waiting in a long line by calling for an appointment with a caseworker. When applying, a social security number is required for everyone in your household that will receive benefits. Here is a free on-line calculator can help you determine if you might qualify for SNAP benefits or other resources like Sooner Care, reduced or free school lunch, and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children’s nutrition program). To get started, you will need the amount of income from wages, child support, or other sources, as well as household expenses like rent, utilities, and phone. You can find out more information about SNAP by going to the Oklahoma DHS website, calling the state DHS office at 405-521-3646, or going to the ONIE website. We all need a little help sometimes, let SNAP benefits help keep your family healthy and strong. From your ONIE project team.