If you and your family reside in Oregon, and you’re facing challenges in providing enough healthy food for your family, especially if you have young children, the Oregon Department of Human Service (ODHS) has announced some heartening news. Families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with young children will receive extra food benefits.
Approximately $43 million in additional food assistance is earmarked for 99,000 young children in Oregon, reinforcing those that are currently receiving SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps. Here’s all you need to know if you’re looking forward to applying or claiming the extra money.
Additional Funds for the Food Stamps Program in Oregon
Many families are experiencing adversity and struggling to secure enough healthy food for themselves and their children. The ODHS encourages anyone facing such challenges to reach out for assistance. They have suggested contacting their partners at 211, the Oregon Food Bank, and your local Community Action Agency to get the necessary support during this difficult period.
To benefit from this program, you must have received SNAP benefits between September 1, 2022, and May 11, 2023. Additionally, children in the family who are aged 5 or younger at any time during this period are eligible to receive additional food benefits.
The department has announced that families currently enrolled in the SNAP program will have their P-EBT food benefits loaded onto their EBT card from October 17th, and in the following days. Families who are no longer receiving SNAP benefits will be sent a P-EBT card by mail, which will include the food benefits. These cards are expected to arrive in the upcoming weeks.
How to Apply for SNAP Benefits in Oregon
This program is designed to assist residents of Oregon who meet specific income criteria. Eligibility for SNAP benefits is generally not affected by the value of your home, car, or savings. However, for individuals aged 18 to 49 who are classified as able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD), there may be limitations on the duration of SNAP benefits they can receive.
Additionally, when you apply for SNAP, you have the opportunity to apply for other benefits such as cash assistance and the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid). Upon submitting your application, you will be scheduled for an “intake appointment,” which can be conducted either in person or over the phone.
If your application is approved, you will receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, commonly referred to as an Oregon Trail Card. The state will regularly deposit benefits onto your EBT card, with the amount determined based on your income, family size, and other relevant factors. You can apply in this official website.