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SNAP Food Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly food benefits to help you buy healthy food.

This program helps people pay for groceries, learn about nutrition, and get job training and support. SNAP helps you stretch your food budget, but may not meet all your food needs. Visit our food resources page if you need more help getting food.

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This program is for individuals ​and families that:

  • Live in Oregon
  • Meet income guidelines (see below​ on this page​). ​Your house, car or money in the bank don't usually count against your eligibility. 

​If you are 18 to 52​ with an able-bodied-adult without dependents (ABAWD) status, there may be time limits for how long you can get SNAP benefits.

Need help to see if you qualify?

  • You can ​call 211 or contact 211info if you need help.
  • Older adults and people with disabilities can get the best help by contacting ​the Oregon Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC). Call 855-673-2372 ​or visit the ADRC website.

College and Higher Education Students

​Students ages 18 to 49 enrolled in higher education more than half-time are usually only eligible for SNAP if they meet a special condition (called an exemption). Higher education may include college, university, trade and​​​ technical schools. The institution the student is attending decides what is considered ‘​half-time’ enrollment. 

In Oregon, students of higher education may meet an exemption if they are:

  • Working or self-employed more than 20 hours per week​ (includes internships, externships, graduate assistantships and graduate fellowships)
  • Participating in federal or state funded work study
  • Receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Receiving Unemployment Compensation
  • In school because of employer-sponsored training
  • Participating in an Employment Department Training Program
  • Enrolled in a program or course of study that will lead to employment
  • Responsible for the care of a child under age 6 in a one- or two-parent home
  • Responsible for the care of a child who is between ages 6 and 12 in a one- or two-parent home, and ODHS has determined that adequate child care is not available to allow the student to attend class or work at least 20 hours a week
  • A single parent responsible for the care of a child under age 12

Students who meet an exemption must also meet all other SNAP eligibility requirements.

Older Adults​​

  • ​Adults aged 60 or older can have their out-of-pocket medical costs counted to offset their income, which could qualify them for more benefits. Proof of these medical costs is required. Learn more about out-of-pocket medical expenses.
  • Adults aged 65 or older that live in Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah and Washington Counties can receive their SNAP benefits as a direct deposit, check or on an EBT card. This can make using benefits easier.
  • For older adults who may have trouble getting to the store, a trusted person is allowed to purchase food on their behalf using their SNAP benefits. An alternate payee form can be filled out and turned in with an application or at any time.
  • Older adults may also have their full shelter costs included when determining their SNAP benefits. 

Eligible Non-citizens ​

Non-citizens eligible for SNAP include:

  • ​​Refugees, Cuban/Haitian Entrants, Asylees, Amerasian immigrants, individuals with deportation or removal withheld, Hmong or Highland Laotians, parolees for at least one-year, conditional entrants, North American Indians born in Canada and members of federally recognized Tribes​
  • Certain victims of human trafficking and their children or parents
  • Honorably discharged U.S. veterans, spouses and unmarried dependent children
  • Non-citizens on active duty in the U.S. military service, spouses and unmarried dependent children
  • Non-citizens paroled into the U.S. for at least one year
  • Lawful Permanent Resident in the U.S. for 5 years
  • Lawful Permanent Resident with certain disability benefits
  • Lawful Permanent Resident under age 18

Participating ​in SNAP does not count toward public charge.

​Applying for or receiving SNAP will not affect the participants ability to:

  • Remain in the U.S.
  • Get Lawful Permanent Resident Status
  • Keep Lawful Permanent Resident Status
  • Become a U.S. citizen

​Ineligible non-citizens can apply for SNAP on behalf of eligible immigrants or U.S. citizens in their family, even if they do not want to apply for benefits for themselves. This would not affect their immigration status.

The table below gives a general idea of the amount of money (income) that most people or families can earn and still be in this program.

​People in family
​Mont​hly income limits

These a​mounts are effective from October 2023 ​through September 2024.

​Income guidelines in other states may be different.

Apply and get approved

Use your EBT card to buy food

Renew your benefits

  • When it's time to ​renew your benefits​, we'll send you ​a renewal packet or notice. This happens 45 days before your renewal is due. You may also get a phone call to remind you to renew.​

Report changes if needed

  • If your circumstances change, you may need to report the change​ to us.​ ​This includes things like ​changes in your income or who lives with you.

Work requirements (Multnomah and Washington counties only)

  • You might need to meet work requirements​ to get SNAP for more than 3 months if:
    • You live in Multnomah or Washington county, and
    • You are 18 to 52 years old and able to work, and
    • You don't have any dependents.
  • ​All other counties and Tribal areas ​are exempt in 2024.

​You can apply online, by phone or in person at a local o​ffice​. When you apply for SNAP, you can also apply for other benefits like cash assistance and Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid).

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​If your SNAP food benefits are stolen from your EBT card, or if you lose food purchased with SNAP during a storm, flooding, fire or power outage, we may be able to replace your benefits. 

How to request replacement benefits

​SNAP Quality Control (QC) reviews​ are random checks to make sure that Oregon families get the right ​amount of SNAP benefits on time. They also check if applications are accepted or denied correctly.

You may be contacted by the QC review unit if your household is chosen for a review.​

Double Up Food Bucks is a program that can help you stretch your SNAP dollars when you buy healthy foods. 

You can get up to $20 in extra SNAP benefits to get more fresh fruits and veggies at participating farmers markets, grocery stores and through farm shares (CSAs). 

Learn more at

Resources for SNAP families

Medical, food, cash and child care benefitsBenefits questionsONE Applicant PortalEBT card helpPandemic EBTNutrition education (SNAP-ed)Employment and trainingMore food resources

Other programs you may qualify for

Parenting support

Family Support and Connections is an optional program that provides parenting support for families with low-income.

Learn about Family Support and Connections

Help paying for child care

The Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) offers several programs to help families lower their child care costs.

Learn about child care programs and see if you are eligible

Discounted energy bills

The Income-Qualified Bill Discount program through PGE offers a monthly discount of up to 25% off your energy bill.

Visit the PGE website to find out if you qualify and apply

The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) does not discriminate against anyone. This means that ODHS will help all who qualify and will not treat anyone differently. See the USDA nondiscrimination statement for more information.