The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, helps low-income people and families buy the food they need. Benefits are provided on a debit card and are accepted at most grocery stores.
Some facts about the program
- One in six Oregonians received SNAP benefits in June 2009.
- There are enough SNAP dollars for everyone who needs them, so, if you qualify, you are not taking benefits away from anyone else.
- SNAP benefits bring federal tax dollars back to Oregon that can help provide jobs.
- Many types of households use SNAP benefits, not just those with children or disabled family members.
- Many people are surprised to find out how much they can earn each month and still be eligible for the program. Most families who qualify for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or school meals also qualify for food stamps.
- Benefits add up. Although it may not seem like a lot at first, a monthly benefit of $16 adds up to $192 per year. In addition, SNAP qualifies most households for telephone assistance, deferment of federal student loans and free school meals for children.
- Most people only need to see a Department of Human Services representative once per year to remain eligible for the program.
Are you eligible?
To receive SNAP benefits, you need to meet certain income and other guidelines. Use the program's benefits estimator to find out what you qualify for.
Learn more about eligibility.
Apply for benefits
Once you have determined that you might be eligible, you can apply for benefits by visiting your local DHS Self-Sufficiency Office. To find your nearest office, call 1-800-SafeNet or visit the DHS Web site
for a list of offices.