You can request food benefits by completing a “Request for Services” form (.pdf, 6 pp, 533 KB) and turning it in to your local DHS office. If you have previously had a SNAP case with DHS, you can also visit OKDHS Live! to apply for SNAP online.
After applying, a social services specialist will contact you to complete an application interview.
What kind of information will I have to supply and what will I need to bring to the interview?
- Proper identification (preferably a photo ID)
- Social Security numbers for each member of your household
- Verification of all income received by your household for at least the last 30 days. This includes pay stubs from a job, self-employment records or tax return, child support payment receipts, award letter from Social Security income, proof of unemployment benefits, money received from family or friends, and any other income received.
You will be asked to provide information of expenses paid by your household such as:
- Shelter and utility costs
- Child care expenses
- Child support payments
- Medical expenses (if your household has an elderly or disabled member)
By providing information about your expenses, you are helping us determine the amount of food benefits you are eligible to receive. Your worker will ask for needed verifications.
We will calculate your household’s monthly income using your gross amounts. Gross means income before any deductions are taken out. Following are the current monthly income limits by household size:
You will receive a letter within 30 days to let you know if your food benefits application was approved.
When you are approved for food benefits, you will be issued an Access Oklahoma card. You will be asked to watch a video presentation that explains the proper use of your card. Each month your food benefits will be deposited into your card account. You can use this card to purchase food at most grocery stores and at many Farmers' Markets. You may use food benefits to buy any food or food product for human consumption, and seeds and plants to produce food.
Households may not use food benefits to buy:
- Alcoholic beverages and tobacco
- Lunch counter items or foods to be eaten in the store
- Vitamins and medicines
- Any non-food items (such as soaps, paper products, laundry products, grooming items, and cosmetics)
- Hot foods
You may receive food benefits within 7 days if:
Your household receives very little or no money
Your shelter and utility expenses are more than your gross income and liquid resources
(cash on hand, checking and savings account balances)
You meet the special requirements for a migrant worker household