Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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. Click HERE to learn more about income eligibility. 

The information provided in the table below applies to households in the 48 contiguous States and the District of Columbia that apply for SNAP between Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021.

Gross monthly
(130% of poverty)
Net monthly
(100% of poverty)

* SNAP gross and net income limits are higher in Alaska and Hawaii.

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 that 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:

The easiest way to apply for SNAP benefits is online. Click “Apply for Benefits” at okdgslive.org. You may also all (405) 487-5483 to apply by phone. Initial & renewal applications can take up to 30 days to process. If needed, applications can be expedited and benefits can be issued within 7 days.

2 responses to “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  1. I have tried contacting ok dhs to reset my password to apply because I don’t get unemployment I was 3 days away from starting my new job so I need to see if I can get emergency benefits til we can go back to work

    1. Hi Ms. Laura Clark,

      Thank you for your comment. Contacting your local DHS office would be the best source of information regarding applying for SNAP benefits. It is also possible to update your password for OKDHSLive! online by visiting https://okdhslive.org/AuthApplicantLogin.aspx. If you qualify for SNAP benefits you will receive them no later than 30 days from your application date. For information on other food and financial resources, call 2-1-1 or text 211OK to 898211.

      I hope this information answers your questions! Please let us know if you have further questions.


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