America is a great economy and there is assistance available for everyone. Each state has multiple befitting programs to help low-income Americans maintain a healthy standard of living.
In Oklahoma, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps residents to acquire a healthy diet, who are not able to afford it. Previously, SNAP was known as the Oklahoma Food Stamp Program.
In this write-up we will brief you about the program and will answer all the primary questions that one might have along with the facts – one should know about – before applying to the program.
What is Oklahoma Food Stamp (SNAP)?
The federal government provides grants to each state in the form of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, including Oklahoma, to address the prevailing issues of malnutrition, and hunger from across the nation. This national program assists all eligible US families to get access to healthy and nutritious food, including low-income households with underage children, disabled citizens, and elderly US natives.
Although it is a nationally-funded program, each state is accountable to help people get benefits from the program. If you are a resident of Oklahoma, regardless of being an alien citizen, the national food-funding program will benefit you. However, you must ensure that you fulfill all the eligibility criteria for the program.
The Oklahoma Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program comes under the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS). The organization receives 100% funding from the federal government along with the share of administrative costs. Moreover, with the help of this program, the state also serves as the first line of defense to eliminate hunger, and helps the federal government to feed the people with healthy and nutritional food.
As of now, you are aware of the Oklahoma Food Stamp Program, let’s check if you are an eligible candidate to receive the benefits from the program.
Am I eligible for the Supplemental nutritional food assistance program?
If you are an Oklahoma resident, the Oklahoma Food Stamp Program will analyze your eligibility according to your income, limited resources, number of people in your household, etc. In short, whatever criteria the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service lays down, you will receive assistance according to it.
As stated above, every state is accountable for its SNAP services, this is why the states get the flexibility to alter the eligibility criteria.
Moreover, if you are planning to apply for the program benefits, know that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps individuals or families with low income, and the ones who prepare meals together for the whole house.
To see if you can count yourself as one household, you must be husband and wife. Moreover, if you have a 22-year-old child, who is living with you, or a child, who is below 18 years of age, who is dependent, you can consider yourself eligible.
To qualify for the Oklahoma Food Stamp Program, you must also fulfill some basic criteria.
The basic criteria are as follows:
The applicant must be a legal citizen of the United States of America or a legally eligible non-citizen.
Each member of the applicant’s household, who is above sixteen and under sixty years of age, must be employed or at least registered to work.
The eligible household must not have countable assets of more than $2250. However, if the household has a disabled member, or an elderly person 60 years of age or older, then the household can have countable assets of $3250 or less.
As far as the income limit is concerned, it depends on the size of the family living in one household. If the family has no disabled or an elderly person – living with them – the family must meet the net income and gross income limits. However, if there is a disabled or an elderly, the household is only required to meet the net income limit. For the ones who are unaware of what gross income is, it includes your salaries, wages, dividends, self-employment income, social security benefits, commissions, and much more.
We recommend you to apply for the program, if you fulfill these basic criteria, you will get a more detailed insight when you file the application.
How to apply for the Oklahoma Food Stamp Program?
Once you decide to submit your application to receive the Oklahoma Supplemental Nutrition Food Assistance Program benefits, you will have to download and print, ‘Request for Benefits,’ Form from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services website. Fill out the form and submit your application. If you get the approval, you will start receiving the benefits.
Moreover, you can apply for multiple assistance programs through this one form. It is a common practice in many states to allow applicants to apply for multiple assistance programs through one form. It is because if a household requires SNAP assistance, then there are likely chances, they will need other assistance benefits as well.
Before we conclude, if you are entitled to the benefits, you will receive an EBT card that will allow you to purchase food items included in the Food Stamp Program. However, you will only be able to use it at an affiliated partner store. To know from where you can make your purchase, you will get all the details once your application is successful.