The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, helps people buy enough food each month. People who meet the eligibility requirements receive a monthly SNAP benefit. The SNAP benefit varies from family to family according to income, family size, and available resources. SNAP benefits are placed on the Access Oklahoma electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card. The Access Oklahoma card looks like a credit or debit card and is used in the same way.
*Gross monthly income means the household's total income before deductions (taxes, social security payments, insurance payments, etc.) have been made. These income guidelines are effective from 10/01/17 - 9/30/18. Larger households can have more income. A household with an elderly person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test. To learn more about income eligibility click here.
The list below is for the state of Oklahoma, other states could have a different variation of this list.The SNAP benefits program is in place to help individuals and/or families to purchase food. You can only buy certain items with SNAP benefits.
What CAN you purchase with SNAP benefits?
- Food items for the household
- Vegetables (fresh, frozen, or canned)
- Breads and cereals
- Fruits (fresh, frozen, or canned)
- Meat, fish, and poultry
- Dairy products
- Plants and seeds which produce food for the household to eat
What CANNOT be purchased with SNAP benefits?
- Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, or tobacco
- Hot foods (prepared foods)
- Food that will be eaten in the store
- Any nonfood items such as:
- Pet foods
- Soaps, paper products
- Household supplies
- Vitamins and medicines
How to Apply for SNAP
Applications for SNAP benefits are available at County DHS Offices, Social Security Offices, One Stop Centers, or you can download it here. To learn more about the application or apply online visit the OKDHSLive website. After you fill out the form, return it in person or by mail to the DHS office in your county. Click here for a list of DHS County offices. You will receive a letter with a list of the information you need to bring to your appointment in the mail.