How do I know if I am eligible for food benefits?
To apply for food benefits you can go to the closest local office. To find out where the closest office is you can contact Oregon SafeNet, 1-800-723-3638. Or you can visit the DHS website for a list of DHS self-sufficiency offices. The application can also be printed, filled out by hand and sent to your local office.
To find out if you are eligible for, please use our SNAP benefits estimator to get an idea about the amount of food benefits you may be eligible for.
How do I apply for food benefits?
Apply online for food benefits.
You can apply for food benefits by downloading an application and instructions below. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view these PDF files. You can download the free software at http://get.adobe.com/reader/
For questions about how or where to apply for food stamps Contact Oregon SafeNet, 1-800-723-3638
These application forms should be printed and filled out by hand and then sent to your local DHS self-sufficiency office.
We also have fillable application forms (See the instructions for using fillable forms below.)
- English (PDF fillable, 1.2 MB)
- Spanish (PDF fillable, 854 KB)
- There are no fillable versions of the Russian or Vietnamese applications at this time.
If you are having difficulty opening the application forms, please contact us to report the problem
Instructions for filling out fillable forms
To view, complete and print fillable forms you will need the Acrobat 5.0 Reader (or later) software installed on your computer. The newest version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/
Fillable forms are provided in English and Spanish. Fillable forms allow you to enter your data on-screen instead of completing forms by hand. It does not transfer the information on-line and it does not allow you to save your completed, or partially completed, forms to a disk or on your computer. However, you can save a blank form on to your computer and electronically fill it out, save it and print it.
To save a blank application form to your computer right-click on the link and select "Save Target As" (Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As" (Firefox) and save the document on your computer.
NOTE: These PDF files are very large. If you cannot download them to your computer, contact your local Self-sufficiency office
and ask them to mail you an application form.
Where do I send the application? Whom should I contact if I have questions?
What can I buy with food benefits?
You can find an explanation of the types of food items you can buy with your EBT card on the USDA Food and Nutrition Services Web site.
How can I make the most of my food benefits?
For information about making good use of your food money see the USDA Making the Most of Your Food Benefits brochure.
Also see: Food Benefits Nutrition Education
How can I find out the balance on my Oregon Trail card?
There are two ways to find out how much money is in your food benefit or cash account.