Food Benefits - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) | SoonerCare (Medicaid) | Child Care | LIHEAP | Citizenship & Benefits | School Meals | WIC (Women, Infants, Children)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

What is SNAP?

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides a monthly benefit for you to buy food. Your benefit amount is based on the size of your household, your income, and your allowed expenses.  DHS issues SNAP food benefits on a plastic card, called the ACCESS Oklahoma Card.  You can use your ACCESS card just like a bank card at most food stores.

How do I apply for SNAP benefits?

If you previously received benefits from DHS, you may apply by clicking on the Apply for Benefits hyperlink.  If you are a first time user, you will first need to create a user name and password. You can click on the Create User ID hyperlink to do so.  You may also apply for SNAP benefits by printing and completing the Request for Benefits form.  You can then mail, fax, email, or take it to your local DHS office during business hours.  Click on Get Adobe Reader if you have trouble viewing the Request for Benefits form.

Interview Requirements

When you apply for food benefits, you must complete an interview with a DHS worker and answer some additional eligibility questions. Interviews are completed by telephone or in person.  An interview can be scheduled for your convenience – in order to account for employment or transportation needs. 

Once DHS receives the Request for Benefits form, you will be contacted regarding your interview. You will receive an interview notice in the mail and may receive a telephone call to complete an interview.  It is important that your address and phone numbers are accurate so that we can best serve you. 

What food benefits verification documents will I need to provide?

When you first apply for food benefits, you will need to provide a document to prove your identity.  If you are eligible for expedited services, this may be all you have to provide to receive one or two months of benefits.  The chart below shows the type of documents you need to provide.

Category

Documents

Identity of applicant

Birth Cert birth certificate;
Driver license driver's license;
paycheck paycheck;
Voter reg card voter registration card;
school recordsschool records; or
US PassportU.S. passport

Earned income

check check stubs for the last 30 days that show your name or Social Security number, date of pay, and income before deductions;
check statement from your employer; or
copy tax return copy of last year’s tax return only if self-employed

Other income

bullet a current benefit check or award letter;
bullet copies of child support or alimony checks; or, 
bullet
court order showing benefit information

Medical expenses

(optional)

bullet only needed for household members who are 60 years of age or older or permanently disabled if you want to receive a medical deduction.
bullet Please provide proof of medical expenses (itemized receipts, billing statements etc.). Allowable expenses include but are not limited to: medical and dental care costs, prescription drugs, doctor approved over-the-counter medications and supplies; Medicare premiums, dentures, hearing aids, prosthetics, eye glasses, maintaining a home health aide, reasonable cost of transportation and lodging to obtain medical treatment or services.
Only
  bullet claim the amount you spend in a month, Look over your monthly expenses, add them together, and claim this amount as a deduction.

Immigration status

bullet a document that shows your lawful immigration status if you are not a U.S. citizen

Social Security numbers

bullet Social Security cards or numbers

 

How long does it take to get food benefits?

It may take up to 30 calendar days from the date you submit your application to receive benefits or a denial notice.  It usually doesn't take that long to get help. You may be eligible to receive food benefits right away if you meet expedited food benefit rules.

What are expedited food benefits? Do I need to apply for this benefit separately?

Expedited food benefits mean you get your food benefits faster when you meet certain rules.  When you qualify, DHS staff must process your application within seven calendar days of the date you apply.  You do not have to ask for expedited food benefits or apply for expedited benefits separately.  DHS staff checks every food benefit application to see if the household qualifies for expedited services.

How do I know if I am eligible for Expedited Food Stamps?

A worker will review the answers you gave on your application to see if you qualify. If it looks like you might be eligible, a worker will interview you the same day if you apply in person. If you cannot stay to be seen the same day, mail in your application, or apply online, a worker will contact you to set up a date and time for the interview.

What are the rules for expedited food benefits?

You are eligible to receive expedited food benefits if:

1.   Your household has less than $150.00 in monthly gross income and you do not have cash resources over $100.00.

2.   You are a migrant or seasonal farm worker and you do not have cash resources over $100.00.  

3.   Your household’s total monthly income and cash resources are less than the household’s monthly rent or mortgage, and utilities.

How can I get more information about Expedited Services?

You can contact your local DHS office for more information. Click this hyperlink  OKDHS offices   to find your local office. You may also call 405-521-3444 or email snap@okdhs.org

How will I know if or when my food benefits are approved?

You will receive a letter in the mail called the Notice of Action letter.  This notice will tell you if you were approved or denied for food benefits.  If you are approved, the notice will tell you the amount of benefits approved, when benefits will start, and the amount of income and deductions used to make the decision.   If you are denied, the notice will tell you why.

Is there an income limit?

Yes. The income limit is based on the number of people for whom you are applying. Your answers to application questions will help the DHS worker figure out if you are eligible.

Is there a limit on the number of people I can apply for?

You can apply for all the people living in your home that buy and fix meals with you.

Can I have a checking and/or savings account or own a house or car and still get food benefits?

Yes, you can. The value of these resources does not affect your eligibility for food benefits. The amount of money in your bank accounts may affect your eligibility for expedited processing.

How do I get my food benefits?

DHS issues food benefits on an ACCESS Oklahoma electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card. If this is your first time to get a card or you have Child Care linked to your card, then you must go to the local DHS office to get your card and watch a video explaining how to use your card. If you have already received an ACCESS Oklahoma card for food benefits in the past, then you will need to contact Xerox online at www.connectebt.com or by calling them at 1-888-328-6551. You will need your current 16 digit card number and PIN or you can access your information by providing your social security number, date of birth, and PIN number. DHS loads more food benefits on your ACCESS Oklahoma card each month you are approved on a staggered basis

What can I buy with my food benefits?

You can buy food as well as plants and seeds to grow food. You will not be charged sales tax on items you buy with food benefits. You cannot buy pet food, vitamins, medicines, alcohol, tobacco, fast food or food that will be heated and eaten in the store.

Where do I use my food benefits?

You can use your ACCESS Oklahoma EBT card at most food stores in the United States. Stores that take the ACCESS Oklahoma EBT card usually have a debit machine in the checkout line where you can swipe your EBT card and enter your personal identification number (PIN). Your PIN, is a 4-number code that you must type into the machine in order to use your card.

How do I find out the balance on my food benefits card?

There are three ways to find out your food benefit card balance:

1.   Whenever you use your ACCESS Oklahoma card, your receipt will show your balance.

2.   You may call the automated Customer Service line: 1-888-328-6551 and enter your card number.

3.   Some stores have a machine at the customer service counter where you can swipe your card to check your balance.

What if I forget my PIN or want to change my PIN.

Call the Customer Service line at 1-888-328-6551.

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SoonerCare (Medicaid)

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) administers the SoonerCare (Medicaid) program in Oklahoma. For general questions and information about SoonerCare (Medicaid),  please call the SoonerCare Helpline at (800) 987-7767 or go to www.okhca.org.

What is SoonerCare (Medicaid)?

SoonerCare (Medicaid) is a health coverage program jointly funded by the federal and state government. This program helps pay for medical costs. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) is the state agency that administers the program. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) determines financial eligibility for people who are 65 years of age or older, blind or disabled.

Who might be eligible for SoonerCare (Medicaid)?

1.   persons 65 years of age or older

2.   persons who are under 19 years of age

3.   certain adults 19 or older who have minor dependent

4.   persons who are blind or disabled according to the Social Security Administration

5.   pregnant women

6.   persons needing nursing services at home or in a nursing home

How do I apply for SoonerCare (Medicaid)?

If you are under 19 years of age, an adult with minor children, or pregnant, you may:

1.   apply online through OHCA's Online Enrollment system by clicking on this link: SoonerCare Online Enrollment.

2.   apply at your local DHS office during business hours when you are applying for other DHS benefits.

3.   apply online using OKDHSLive when you also apply for food benefits.

If you are 65 years of age or older, disabled, or blind, or need nursing services at home or in a nursing home, you may apply by printing and completing the Request for Benefits form and mailing or taking it to your local DHS office. You may also apply by going to your local DHS office during business hours. DHS staff will determine your eligibility for medical benefits.

If you have previously received benefits from DHS, you may apply by clicking on the Apply for Benefits hyperlink.  If you are a first time user, you will first need to create a user name and password.  You may click on the Create User ID hyperlink to do so.  You may also apply for SNAP benefits by printing and completing the Request for Benefits form and mailing or taking it to your local OKDHS office or by going to your local DHS office during business hours.  Click on Get Adobe Reader if you have trouble viewing the Request for Benefits form.

Interview Requirement

You will not need an interview if you meet the following criteria and are eligible to apply through OHCA’s Online Enrollment system:

           under 19 years of age;

           an adult with minor children; or

           pregnant.

If you are 65 years of age or older, disabled, blind, or need nursing services at home or in a nursing home, you must complete an interview with a DHS worker and answer some additional eligibility questions. Once DHS receives the Request for Benefits form , you will be contacted regarding your interview. Your interview can be conducted in the DHS office or, in some instances, over the telephone.

What verification documents will I need for SoonerCare (Medicaid)?

Everyone must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful immigration status. If you are 65 years of age or older, disabled or blind, you must provide the additional proof listed below.  Depending on your circumstances, you may need to provide other proof.

You must show at least ONE document for each type of verification.

Category

Documents

Proof of U.S. citizenship

bullet birth certificate;
bullet voter registration card;
bullet U.S. passport

Immigration status

bullet legal permanent resident card, I-94 or other immigrant registration card, passport or T visa

Earned income

bullet dated check stubs for the last 30 days that show your name or Social Security number, date of pay, and income before deductions;
bullet statement from your employer; or
bullet copy of last year’s tax return only if self-employed

Other income

bullet a current benefit check or award letter;
bullet copies of child support or alimony checks; or,
bulletcourt order showing benefit amount

Resources

bullet bank statements showing savings and checking account balances;
bullet life insurance policies;
bullet statements of stocks, bonds or certificates of deposit (CDs);
bullet copy of vehicle title;
bullet copy of the title and mortgage statement for property you own other than where you live

Social Security numbers

Social Security cards or numbers

How long does it take to get medical benefits?

If you are 65 years of age or older, disabled, or blind, it may take up to 45 calendar days from the date you apply to approve or deny your application. It usually doesn't take that long to get help.

For adults with children or pregnant women who properly submit their application using the Online Enrollment system and are determined eligible, medical benefits begin immediately.

How will I know if or when my medical benefits are approved?  

You will receive a notice in the mail. This notice will tell you who was approved or denied for medical benefits and the effective date of the action. If you apply online through OHCA’s Online Enrollment system, you will immediately be told who is approved and who is denied, and you are given the option of printing off the information.  If you are approved for long term care, the notice will also show how much you need to pay toward the cost of care.

Is there an income or resource limit?

Yes. The income and resource limits vary for different groups of people. If you are under 19 years of age, an adult with a minor child or if you are pregnant, the income standards are on OHCA’s website  If you are over 65 years of age or older, blind or disabled, Schedule VI of Appendix C-1, Maximum Income, Resource, and Payment Standards shows the income and resources standards. The income and resource standards for nursing home care or nursing care in your home are on Schedule VIII of Appendix C-1, Maximum Income, Resource, and Payment Standards.

 

Can I still apply for SoonerCare (Medicaid) if I have other health insurance?

Yes. You will need to give information about your health insurance before SoonerCare (Medicaid) pays any medical bills. Your insurance company must be billed before SoonerCare (Medicaid) is billed.

How do I use my medical benefits?

After you are approved for medical benefits, you will receive a medical card in the mail. You can use your medical card at any medical provider that accepts SoonerCare (Medicaid).

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Child Care Subsidy Benefits

How does DHS help me pay for child care?

If eligible, DHS will pay all or part of your child care costs directly to a licensed and contracted child care provider while you work, attend school or training. You may be required to pay a portion of child care costs based on your household income.

What ages do my children have to be to qualify for child care benefits?

Child care may be approved up to the day before your child’s 13th birthday. However children with disabilities may qualify up to the day before the child’s 19th birthday.

How do I apply for Child Care Subsidy benefits?

If you previously received benefits from DHS, you may apply by clicking on the Apply for Benefits hyperlink.  If you are a first time user, you will first need to create a user name and password. You may click on the Create User ID hyperlink to do so.  You may also apply for Child Care Subsidy benefits by printing and completing the Request for Benefits form.  You can then mail, fax, email, or take it to your local DHS office during business hours.  Click on Get Adobe Reader if you have trouble viewing the Request for Benefits form.

Interview Requirement

After you submit the online application or the Request for Benefits form, you must complete an interview with a DHS worker and answer some additional eligibility questions. If you bring the form to the DHS office, come prepared to be interviewed the same day. If you apply online or mail the form to the DHS office and provide a telephone number, the worker will try to contact you to complete the interview by telephone or to arrange an appointment. If the worker is unable to reach you at this number, you will receive a letter scheduling an interview.

What verification documents will I need to provide for Child Care Subsidy benefits?

You must show at least ONE document for each type of verification.

Category

Documents

Identity of applicant

bullet birth certificate;
bullet driver's license;
bullet paycheck showing your name;
bullet voter registration card;
bullet school records; or,
bullet U.S. passport

Immigration status of child if child is a non-citizen

bullet I-94; or
bullet other immigrant registration card, passport or T visa

Earned income

bullet check stubs for the last 30 days that show your name or Social Security number, date of pay, and income before deductions;
bullet statement from your employer; or
bullet copy of last year’s tax return only if self-employed

Other income

bullet a current benefit check or award letter;
bullet copies of child support or alimony checks; or,
bullet court order showing benefit amount

Need for child care

bullet work, training and/or school schedule for the child's parent(s) or caretaker(s) living in the home. If it varies, the schedule must reflect this.

You must also provide the name of the child care provider you wish to use. If you choose a child care center, that center must be at one plus, two or three star status unless certain exception criteria is met. Find a provider by using the Child Care Locator.

Can I choose any child care provider?

You may choose a family child care home or a child care center that has a license and contract through DHS. A child care provider can be found using the Child Care Locator or by contacting the Oklahoma Child Care Resource and Referral Agency at 1-800-438-0008 or 405-525-8783 for Spanish. You can also choose to use an in-home provider. This is when someone you have chosen comes into your home to care for your child. Ask your DHS worker about this option if you are interested. You cannot choose a child care home where you work or one in which you live. You cannot choose a child care home or center in which you have an ownership interest.

I just started my job and my employer will not give me proof of my income.  What can I do?

Let your worker know about the problem right away. Your worker will try to contact your employer to get the information over the telephone. If your worker is unable to contact your employer, he or she can approve 30 days of child care based upon your statement of the hours you will work. You must provide proof of your income before any more child care is approved.

How soon will my child care benefits be approved?

The earliest date child care can be approved is the date that you complete the interview and provide all needed verification. This includes the name of the provider you choose. Your worker must approve or deny your application within 2 working days of completing an interview and receiving all necessary verification from you.

How will I know if or when my child care benefits are approved?

You will receive a Notice of Action letter. This notice will tell you if your benefits were approved or denied. If approved, the letter will tell you how much you need to pay toward the cost of care (this is called a family share copayment) and how much care is approved.

What are the income limits for child care benefits?

Appendix C-4, Child Care Eligibility/Co-payment Chart gives income eligibility limits. The income eligibility limits vary based on family size, the number of children in care and amount of income. Families may qualify if the gross household income is approximately $2425/month or less with one child in care, $2925/month with two children in care, and $3625/month with three or more children in care. Please contact your local DHS office to determine if you are eligible.

Do I have to be on welfare to qualify?

No. Child care benefits help families stay off welfare.

Do I have to pursue child support?

When one or both of the child’s parents are absent from the home, you must agree to pursue child support through DHS Child Support Services (CSS) for all children that must be included in the same household. Your worker will help you fill out the required forms.

How do I use my child care benefits?

You will be given an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card when you apply for child care benefits. This card is used to track the days and times your child attends the child care facility. You must watch an EBT training video that explains how to use your card and your responsibilities before you get the card.

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Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

What is LIHEAP?

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program that provides financial assistance to low-income Oklahoma households each year to help meet the cost of home energy.

How do I apply for LIHEAP benefits?

You can check our website at www.okdhs.org or visit www.okdhslive.org for our open enrollment period. The LIHEAP can help you and your family in two ways

The Regular Energy Assistance Program is a non-emergency assistance program that helps you and your family with a one-time payment for the following:

bullet Primary cooling utility bill between June through August during LIHEAP Summer Cooling enrollment period.
bullet Primary heating utility bill between November through January during LIHEAP Winter Heating enrollment period.

The Energy Crisis Assistance Program is only available intermittently between our LIHEAP Summer Cooling and Winter Heating assistance programs. To be eligible, you must apply within 72 hours of the following:

bullet Active cut-off date on the notice from your utility provider.
bullet An analysis notice to establish new service from your utility provider.
bullet A refusal notice to deliver additional fuel from your utility provider.

What if I have a life threatening situation?

Life threatening energy assistance is available throughout the year based on available funding for households with a member that has a medical condition requiring either main heating or cooling energy sources for life dependency. To be eligible for life threatening energy assistance, you must have:

bullet A note from a certified physician regarding your medical equipment not being operational without the energy source.
bullet An active cut-off date on the notice from your utility provider.

You can make an inquiry through your local DHS county office or case worker.

Eligibility Requirements

When you apply for LIHEAP, you will need to include everyone who resides under the same roof at the same service address.

What LIHEAP verification documents will I need to provide?

When you apply for LIHEAP, you will need to provide a utility account number and your utility provider’s information. The chart below shows the type of documents you may need to provide.

Category

Documents

Identity of applicant

bullet birth certificate;
bullet driver's license;
bullet paycheck;
bullet voter registration card;
bullet school records; or,
bullet U.S. passport

Earned income

bullet check stubs for the last 30 days that show your name or Social Security number, date of pay, and income before deductions;
bullet statement from your employer; or
bullet copy of last year’s tax return only if self-employed

Other income

bullet a current benefit check or award letter;
bullet copies of child support or alimony checks; or,
bullet court order showing benefit amount

Medical Expenses (optional)

bullet only needed for household members who are 60 years of age or older or permanently disabled if you want to receive a medical deduction.
bullet Please provide proof of medical expenses (itemized receipts, billing statements etc.). Allowable expenses include but are not limited to: medical and dental care costs, prescription drugs, doctor approved over-the-counter medications and supplies; Medicare premiums, dentures, hearing aids, prosthetics, eye glasses, maintaining a home health aide, reasonable cost of transportation and lodging to obtain medical treatment or services only
bullet claim the amount you spend in a month, Look over your monthly expenses, add them together, and claim this amount as a deduction.

Immigration Status

bullet a document that shows your lawful immigration status if you are not a U.S. citizen

Social Security numbers

bullet Social Security cards or numbers

Utility Notice (if you apply for Energy Crisis Assistance or Life Threatening Energy Assistance)

bullet an active cut-off notice;
bullet a utility analysis for new account establishing; or,
bullet a refusal notice to deliver additional fuel for non-payment.

How long does it take to receive LIHEAP benefits?

For LIHEAP Summer Cooling or Winter Heating benefit, it may take up to 90 days for your utility provider to reflect your LIHEAP benefit. If your utility provider is a non-LIHEAP participation provider, you will receive your LIHEAP benefit in the form of an Oklahoma Master Debit Card or direct deposit if you have enrolled in State Supplemental Payment (SSP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF).

What about the energy crisis or life-threatening energy assistance?

It may take up to 48 hours for energy crisis (ECAP) and 18 hours for life threatening energy assistance after your application is completed for your utility provider to note a DHS pledge on your account to prevent service being shut-off. Please keep in mind that some utility providers do not treat a DHS pledge as a form of payment until the actual payment has been received and recorded on their system.

How do I know if I am eligible for LIHEAP?

You will receive a letter in the mail called the Notice of Action letter. This notice will tell you if you were approved or denied for LIHEAP benefits. If you are approved, the notice will tell you the amount of benefits approved. If you are denied, the notice will tell you why.

How much am I eligible for LIHEAP?

Your LIHEAP Summer Cooling and Winter Heating benefit is based on available funding and household size. If eligible for energy crisis and life-threatening benefit, DHS will authorize the minimal required payment up to $500 by your utility provider to intervene with your cut-off order, or minimal deposit for new account, or minimal amount required for your fuel to be delivered. DHS will not authorize for a final bill at your former service address, your old debt carryover to the new account at the new service address, or the total due bill at the cut-off date.

What are the rules in LIHEAP?

bullet All household members residing under the same roof must apply together.
bullet For integrated bills that include other utilities such as water, trash, and sewer, if eligible, only the portion of the main cooling/heating energy source will be authorized.

Is there an income and resource limit?

Yes. The income and resource limit is based on the number of people for whom you are applying.

How do I find out the balance on my Oklahoma Master Debit card?

LIHEAP benefits will only be issued to you in the form of an Oklahoma Master Debit card if your utility provider is a non-LIHEAP participant and you have no registered bank account for your State Supplemental Payment (SSP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) benefit. You can check your balance by calling the number on the back of your card. If there is a problem with your LIHEAP benefit on the card, you must contact your local DHS county office to have a case worker open a Remedy ticket with our Helpdesk to resolve the card issue with the card vendor.

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Citizenship and benefits

Do I have to tell you whether I am a United States citizen?

Yes. When you apply for state or federal public benefits such as child care, food benefits, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, SoonerCare (Medicaid), State Supplemental Payment, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, you must declare the citizenship status of every person for whom you are applying.  When you state that a person is not a citizen, you must declare whether the person lives in the United States lawfully. The application form contains a statement advising you that OKDHS reports false statements regarding citizenship or lawful immigrant status to the U.S. Attorney and you might be subject to criminal prosecution.

When you apply for SoonerCare (Medicaid), you must provide proof of the citizenship or immigrant status for everyone applying for benefits. Proof includes documents such as your birth certificate, passport, legal permanent resident card, I-94 or other immigrant registration card.

Can I receive benefits if I am not a U.S. citizen?

You may be eligible if you are considered a qualified immigrant. Qualified immigrants include legal permanent residents, refugees, asylees (persons who have been granted asylum), persons granted withholding of deportation or removal, Cuban/Haitian entrants, persons paroled into the U.S. for a least one year by immigration authorities, persons granted conditional entry pursuant to Section 203(a)(7) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, certain victims of domestic violence or victims of human trafficking.

Depending on the program you are applying for and your qualified immigrant status, you may be eligible right away or you may have to live in the United States for five years before you are eligible. When you apply for benefits and provide proof of your immigrant status, your worker can tell you whether you are eligible.

Can my children get benefits if I don't have immigration documents or don't qualify for myself?

If your children are United States citizens, they can receive benefits even if you are not eligible. Your income will be used to decide whether they meet income guidelines. If your children are not United States citizens, you will need to provide immigration documents for them before your worker can determine whether they are eligible for benefits.

If I receive benefits for my children, will it make it harder for me to become a citizen or legal permanent resident?

When your children receive food benefits or SoonerCare (Medicaid), it will not affect whether you can become a citizen or legal permanent resident as long as you did not give false information to get the benefits. It might make it harder if you are currently receiving a cash benefit for them and that is your family's only source of income.

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Oklahoma School Breakfast and Lunch Program

Program Description

The objectives of the National School Lunch Program are to make available to all students enrolled in schools and institutions a nutritionally adequate meal during a period designated as the lunch period. The purposes of the School Breakfast Program are to make breakfast available in schools for students who for various reasons come to school without an adequate breakfast and to increase the number of school breakfast programs by continuing to notify all non-breakfast-program schools of the program. Both programs are administered by the Child Nutrition Office of the Oklahoma Department of Education.

What are the benefits of the School Meal Program?

For families that qualify, their children are entitled to nutritionally balanced meals at no charge or at a reduced price. Consequently, students learn more, work faster and score higher on tests. Participating in the School Meals Programs can also help our schools qualify for much needed grant funding, which is directly tied to the percentage of applications returned from qualifying students.

Who can get free or reduced-price meals?

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Oklahoma and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under).

·         All children receiving benefits from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are eligible for free meals.

·         Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.

·         Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.

·         Children may receive free or reduced-price meals if your income is within the income guidelines listed below. 

Federal Eligibility Income Chart for School Year: 2016

Household Size

Yearly

Monthly

Weekly

1

$21,775

$1,815

$419

2

$29,471

$2,456

$567

3

$37,167

$3,098

$715

4

$44,863

$3,739

$863

5

$52,559

$4,380

$1,011

6

$60,255

$5,022

$1,159

7

$67,951

$5,663

$1,307

8

$75,647

$6,304

$1,455

Each additional person

$7,696

$642

$148

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To apply for free or reduced price meals, contact your child's school. A listing of your state's schools can be found at this hyperlink: Statewide School Directory | Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Program Contact Information

Please visit the Oklahoma Child Nutrition hyperlink to learn more about the programs. You may call the Oklahoma Department of Education at: 405-521-3327 for more information.

When do I learn if my application is approved?

School districts try to approve applications as soon as they are submitted. Families are required to be notified in writing only if the benefits are denied.

Contact your child's school for more information.

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WIC

What is WIC?

The Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) provides nutritious foods to supplement the diets of women, infants, and children. WIC foods are specifically chosen to provide the nutrients you and your children need (WIC Approved Foods).

WIC gives information about healthy eating and promotes active lifestyles! WIC offers nutrition education in three formats.

1.  Online nutrition education

2.  Interactive nutrition and fitness group classes

3.  Private consultations with Registered/Licensed Dietitians (RD/LD). RD/LDs are nutrition experts available through the WIC Program and are your most reliable source of nutrition information.

As a WIC participant, you will also receive information about additional programs that can contribute to you and your family’s overall health.

Documented Benefits of WIC

Pregnant women who participate in WIC receive prenatal care earlier

Children who participate in WIC are more likely to have a regular source of medical care and are less likely to be anemic

Each WIC participant receives at least one referral to a healthcare or social service program

Moms who participate in WIC are more likely to choose breastfeeding

WIC increases the duration of pregnancy and positively impacts babies’ weights prenatally

Who Is Eligible and How To Apply

Who is eligible for WIC?

1.  Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have recently given birth

2.  Infants

3.  Children up to the age of five

Will I qualify for WIC benefits?

You might qualify if you:

1.  Live in the state of Oklahoma

2.  Have a family income within program limits

3.  If you receive SoonerCare (Medicaid), SNAP or TANF, you are automatically eligible for WIC benefits.

Click here for the online prescreening tool to help determine if you qualify.

How do I apply for WIC benefits?

Applying for WIC is easy!

Call a WIC Clinic near you or call 1-888-655-2942. They will help you schedule an appointment to visit the clinic. The person receiving the benefits will need to attend the appointment. You will need to bring proof of identification, income and address.

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