Applying for SNAP
Many Oregonians are surprised to find out they are eligible for SNAP. Eligibility is based mostly on monthly income. That includes earned income from work, as well as unearned income such as social security, disability, child support and more. For most Oregonians, resources such as a house, car or money in the bank do NOT count against eligibility. You may be able to get SNAP if you are working, receiving unemployment, or attending school. (See special rules for students.) People receiving SNAP are often eligible for other services.
2014 Oregon Household Income Guidelines - based on 185% of the Federal Poverty Level
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Monthly amounts go up $626 for each additional person.
Income guidelines in other states may be different. Hourly guideline calculated for 40 hrs./week or less.
How to Apply for SNAP
1. You have options:
- Complete and submit an application online. You will need to complete an interview either in person or over the phone. Questions about the online application can be sent to SSM.Program@state.or.us, or
- Download the SNAP Application PDF, 169 KB, or
- For faster service, walk into a DHS SNAP office and pick up, fill out, and turn in a paper application. Most offices are offering same day or next day service.
2. A SNAP eligibily worker will meet with you either in person or over the phone. You will need to provide:
- Identification (such as a drivers license)
- Social Security numbers for everyone applying (original cards not required)
- Proof of income for the last 30 days (such as check stubs)
- For non-citizens, proof of the lawful immigrant status of household members seeking benefits
3. Once you receive your SNAP EBT card, you will be provided with a brochure on how to use it.
Older adults and people with disabilities can start the application process by simply calling their local Senior Service Office. Interviews can be done over the phone, in an office, home visit, or through an appointed representative.
Call 2-1-1 for more information on getting or using SNAP benefits, or visit the DHS SNAP website for more details.