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Oklahomans who qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits fall under the Oklahoma Department of Social Services (OKDHS), which oversees the program and also sends monthly payments. Payments are deposited into SNAP accounts on the same schedule each month, including October 2022.
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SNAP benefits in the earlier state are loaded onto Access Oklahoma Cards, its version of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. You can use your Access Oklahoma cards to purchase most groceries at licensed grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Use the USDA SNAP Retailer Locator to locate SNAP Authorized Retailers near you.
SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, is a federal program that provides food assistance to low-income households. Although part of the United States Department of Agriculture, the program is administered at the state level.
All SNAP recipients, including those in Oklahoma, will receive a much-needed financial boost through a major cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) set to take effect in fiscal year 2023. The COLA will take effect on October 1, 2022, and will increase the maximum monthly benefit by more than 12%.
When making a payment with your Access Oklahoma card, select “EBT” and enter your PIN. Your receipt shows the amount remaining in your SNAP account. Access Oklahoma cards can also be used online at retailers that accept SNAP online orders. To find approved online retailers, visit the USDA’s SNAP Online site.
SNAP benefits can be used to purchase the following food items:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Meat, poultry and fish
- Dairy products
- Breads and cereals
- Snacks and soft drinks
- Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household.
Some of the items you cannot buy with SNAP include alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vitamins, drugs, supplements, live animals, pet food, cleaning products, paper products and cosmetics. In Oklahoma, you also cannot use SNAP to purchase hot meals because it is not one of the states that operates a restaurant meal program.
The preferred method to apply for SNAP in Oklahoma is at OKDHSLive.org. If that is not an option, you can also submit a completed Form 08MP001E (Application for Benefits) to your local DHS Social Services Center.
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Other SNAP programs you can take advantage of in Oklahoma include:
- The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP): This provides low-income senior citizens with the opportunity to purchase locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from certified farmers.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Nutrition Education (SNAP ED): This is a partnership that provides nutrition education to food benefit recipients and other eligible low-income individuals and families. Partners include Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Services, OKDHS, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Chickasaw Nation, and Food Service and of USDA nutrition.
In Oklahoma, SNAP benefits are split between the 1st and 10th of each month, based on the last digit of your case number. Here is the October 2022 filing schedule:
|The file number ends with:||Perks available:|
|0 -3||October 1|
|4 -6||October 5|
|7 -9||October 10|
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