Food Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program which offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.

The intent of the SNAP program is to help improve the health and well-being of low-income households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs. Some important pieces of information for you to know:

  • SNAP benefits are a supplement. They are not meant to meet all of the food needs of a household or an individual. Using other resources like food pantries and WIC in addition to SNAP will help stretch household food budgets.
  • People do not need to be destitute to qualify for SNAP benefits. People can be working or have other forms of income and still be eligible for benefits.

In Oregon, the SNAP Program is administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS). The eligibility determination and issuance of benefits are provided through DHS and AAA offices across the state.

The benefits are distributed through the state's Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system, which allows people to access their benefits by using an "Oregon Trail Card" at the grocery store point of sale machines.