SNAP Resources

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income individuals and families get the food they need to stay afloat during hard times. Even with all that we do together to provide food to those in need, there are still 17.2% of Oklahomans who are food insecure. Access to SNAP can help those households fill in the gaps in their food budget, and it helps emergency food providers keep up with the demand for food assistance. SNAP is especially important for preventing hunger among children, who make up almost half of SNAP recipients.

Feeding America studies have shown that eligible people do not participate in SNAP because of lack of information, difficulty applying, and misinformation about the program. We have launched and the SNAP Helpline (918-936-4560) to give applicants a source of basic information about SNAP to supplement DHS.

Phyllis Holmes
Manager of Agency Network Services and Capacity
Direct: 918-936-4546

How can your Partner Program participate in SNAP outreach?

– Visit to learn about SNAP basics. Invite the Food Bank to do a SNAP training if you would like your staff and volunteers to learn more about eligibility and the application process

– Click here to find your local DHS office. Provide clients with DHS contact information if necessary

– Download this flyer and post it at your Partner Program

Provide SNAP applications. Applicants who have never had SNAP need to apply with all three of the forms below. Other applicants can apply online at

SNAP Application – English

Eligibility Information- English

Rights, Responsibilities & Signature

SNAP Application – Spanish

Eligibility Information- Spanish

Rights, Responsibilities & Signature- Spanish

Provide the “How to Apply” handout listed below, which lets the applicant know what to expect so they can be better prepared for the application process
How to Apply – English
How to Apply – Spanish

FYI: Households that receive SNAP must renew their benefits by updating their information every 6 months (or every 12 months if all adult household members are elderly or disabled and no one has earned income). The household should receive a notice in the mail a month before the renewal is due. Households can renew over the phone, with a paper form or online at If the household does not renew in time, their benefits will be cut off and they will have to re-apply.

More SNAP Information

According to the Food and Nutrition Service’s report Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households Fiscal Year 2013[i]:
– SNAP recipients: 44.35% children, 46.38% non-elderly adults, and 9.27% elderly.
– 75% of SNAP households included a child, elderly person, or disabled nonelderly person. These vulnerable households received 82% of all benefits.
– 31.2% of households had an employed member
– The average SNAP household had $758 gross monthly income and $344 net monthly income

SNAP recipients receive their benefits on the “Access Card,” an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card that works like a debit card to purchase food at participating retailers. SNAP cannot be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco, hot or prepared foods, vitamins or medicine, or non-food items like household supplies or personal care items. With the introduction of EBT cards, the USDA is better able to track and deter fraud. The national rate of SNAP card misuse or trafficking declined from 4 cents per dollar in the 1990s to about 1 cent per dollar from 2009-2011[ii].

The amount of SNAP a household receives depends on its size and total income. Allotments are based on the USDA’s estimate of the cost of the “Thrifty Food Plan.” In FY2014, the average monthly benefit in Oklahoma was $118.47 per person[iii]and $258 per household[iv].
In Oklahoma, about 82% of people who are eligible for SNAP receive it[v]. The chart below shows national participation rates from 2002-2009. Participation is highest among families with children, and lowest among the elderly.

SNAP participation rates

Only DHS can determine whether or not a household is eligible – the income guidelines are not a guarantee. Most households must meet both the gross and net income guidelines to qualify for SNAP, but a household with an elderly person or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income guidelines.

(Guidelines below are valid from October 1st 2014 – September 30th 2015)

Household Size

Gross Monthly Income
(130 percent of poverty)

Net Monthly Income
(100 percent of poverty)

























Each additional member



Emergency food providers cannot meet the need to prevent hunger alone. Of all the food used to feed hungry people in the United States, about 4% comes from food banks and private charities.

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