Know Your Rights: Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) - College of Law

Know Your Rights: Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, is a federally funded program that provides nutritional assistance to low income individuals and families.


  • SNAP benefits are provided to the household
  • For SNAP purposes, a household includes everyone who lives, buys groceries, and eats together
  • Once an application is approved, you will receive an ACCESS Oklahoma Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which will allow you to purchase SNAP-approved items
  • You will receive notices detailing how long you have been approved for SNAP and when you need to re-certify


You Must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen/document person*
  • Meet work requirements
  • Be working/participating in a work program for at least 20hrs./wk.
  • Meet income standards
  • Have the social security numbers of all members of the SNAP household


In order for non-citizens to receive SNAP, you must have:

  • Lived in U.S. for 5+ years; or receive disability-related assistance or benefits; or be under 18 years of age; and
  • Provide documents that show lawful immigration status


  • You must meet both gross and net income limits unless your household includes elderly or disabled member(s)
  • Gross income = household’s total income before deductions
  • Net income = gross income minus allowable deductions
  • To receive SNAP, you must have <$2,250 in countable resources (cash/bank account) or $3,500 if (60+ or disabled)


If you are between the ages of 18 and 50 and are able bodied, there are work requirements.

To meet these requirements, you must either:

  • Register for work; or
  • Not quit/reduce hours; or
  • Accept job offers; or
  • Participate in employment & training programs
  • Adults without dependents must either work or participate in a work program for at least 20-30 hrs./wk.

Exemptions to these requirements:

  • Those taking care of children 6 or under or an incapacitated person
  • Those regularly participating in drug/alcohol treatment program
  • Those studying in school or training programs at least half time
  • Children
  • Seniors
  • Pregnant women
  • People exempt for physical/mental health reason

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) (PDF document)

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