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340:50-5-1. Food benefit household composition

Revised 6-1-09

     A food benefit household may be composed of any of the persons or groups of persons listed in paragraphs (1) - (5), provided that such persons or groups are not residents of an institution or boarding house.  • 1  A food benefit household is:

  • (1) a person who lives alone;
  • (2) a person who lives with others but who customarily purchases food and prepares meals for home consumption separate and apart from the others;  • 2
  • (3) a group of persons who live together and customarily purchases food and prepares meals for home consumption;
  • (4) a group of persons who live with others but who customarily purchase food and prepare meals for home consumption separate and apart from the others; or
  • (5) a person age 60 or older and his or her spouse living and eating with others who is unable to purchase and prepare meals because the person suffers from a disability considered permanent under the Social Security Act or a non-disease related, severe, permanent disability.
    • (A) The gross income of the others with whom the person and his or her spouse are living, is first determined as if they were applying for participation as a separate household.  The other persons' gross income, cannot exceed 165% of the poverty level as shown in Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) Appendix C-3, Maximum Food Benefit Allotments and Standards for Income and Deductions, in order for the applicant or recipient to participate as a separate household.
    • (B) When it is not obvious that a person suffers from a non-disease related, severe, permanent disability or that the person is unable to purchase and prepare meals, the worker requests a physician's statement of the disability or inability to purchase and prepare meals.
    • (C) See OAC 340:50-5-4 regarding how to determine if a person is considered disabled under the Social Security Act when a payment is not received.

INSTRUCTIONS TO STAFF 340:50-5-1

Revised 6-1-09

1.Document in Family Assistance/Client Services (FACS) case notes those persons who are:

    (1) included in the food benefit household; and

    (2) not included in the food benefit household and the reason.

2.(a) A person under age 60 may be considered a separate household when the person's disability:

(1) prevents the person from purchasing and preparing his or her own food; and

(2) causes the person to arrange to have food purchased and prepared separately from those with whom he or she lives.

(b) Separate household status may be claimed even if the person who shops for food and/or prepares meals for the disabled person resides in the same house.

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