The Food Stamp Program is now called SNAP, which stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
SNAP helps individuals and families eat well and stay healthy. You don't need to be unemployed or on other assistance programs to qualify for SNAP. Even if you or someone in your household is working, you may still be eligible. The amount of help received is mostly determined by household income.
If you have questions about the program, Oregon SafeNet can explain how and where to apply, just call 1-800-723-3638 (SAFENET).
Am I eligible for SNAP (Food Stamps)?
The first step is to determine if your household income meets the guidelines. For most Oregonians, assets like a house, car or money in the bank won't count. Check the eligibility chart to see if you might qualify.
You may be able to get SNAP even if:
- You own your own home
- You are working
- You get unemployment
- You have a car
- You go to school
How do I apply?
Once you turn in your application, the DHS office will have you talk to a caseworker. You may need to bring:
- Driver's license if available
- Social Security numbers for everyone included in the application
- Paycheck stubs or other proof of income
- For non-citizens, proof of lawful immigrant status for household members seeking benefits.
You can apply for just those in your family who have proof of lawful status!
Seniors & Disabled
Older adults and people with disabilities have other options. You can apply at your local Senior and People with Disabilities or Area Agency on Aging office. If you cannot go to an office, you can have another adult apply for you or ask for a home visit or a telephone interview.
Call 1-800-723-3638 (SAFENET) to find the office nearest you or check the Resource Directory
Once on the program…
You will receive an Oregon Trail EBT Card which you can use just like a bank debit card at your grocery check out.
Are there other benefits?
If you get SNAP, you may also be eligible for
- Free school meals for your children
- Oregon Telephone Assistance Program and Link-Up American to cut your phone bill
- WIC – see WIC page for more details
- Deferral of federally-funded school loans.
Oregon Department of Human Services SNAP (Food Stamp Program): More information about SNAP.
Oregon Helps: Confidential self-screening tool to find out about SNAP and other benefits for which you might be eligible.
Oregon Food Bank: List of food pantries for immediate food needs.
Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force: Working to eliminate hunger.
This website page was partially funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs or disability.