Program DescriptionThe Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is nationally cited as the "nutrition safety net of the nation". In Oklahoma, food benefits are issued to more than 600,000 adults and children each month. The purpose of SNAP is to supplement eligible household's monthly food budgets and raise nutritional levels of low income households causing an improvement in the general health of the nation as a whole. SNAP makes available the same food choices to all persons in an effort to meet a variety of individual needs. Nutrition education is also available and is personalized to meet specific needs of each household.
Eligibility for SNAP benefits is based on need. This means the amount of food benefits is based on the number of people in the household and the amount of income available to the households. The following information will be requested during the application process:
- Names and social security numbers for all household members
- Income (both earned and unearned) of all household members
- Shelter expense responsibility, such as rent or mortgage payments
- Utility expenses responsibility, such as electric, gas, water and garbage, etc.
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses responsibility if there is a disabled member of the household or a member age 60 or over
- Child support obligations
- Child care expenses.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Oklahoma. SNAP has an income test for each household applying for benefits. The maximum income standards are updated each year on October 1 using Federal guidelines. For SNAP, you must have a monthly household income of less than $1,180 if one person lives in the household; $1,594 if two people live in the household; $2,008 if three people live in the household; $2,422 if four people live in the household; $2,836 if five people live in the household; $3,249 if six people live in the household; $3,663 if seven people live in the household; or $,4,077 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $414 to the maximum gross income ($4,077) for eight persons for each additional person in the home.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessIf you are ready to apply for benefits, visit your local county Department of Human Services (DHS) office, a local One Stop center, or Social Security office to obtain an application. Your local DHS office can be found by visiting: