Applying for SNAP

Eligibility Requirements

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

2015 Oregon Household Income Guidelines - 185% of the Federal Poverty Level

















Monthly amounts go up $642 for each additional person.

Income guidelines in other states may be different.  

How to Apply for SNAP

1. Complete an application - You have options:

  • Visit 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 for interviews.


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


All Oregonians can find their nearest SNAP office by calling 2-1-1 or visiting the DHS website.

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. 


Aimee Olin, 211info
SNAP and Food Access Specialist

Visit the DHS SNAP website for more details.