Increase in emergency SNAP benefits continues in April

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SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — Most Oregonians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive emergency stipends in April, officials said Tuesday.

The federal government has approved emergency benefits every month since March 2020. This gives SNAP recipients additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April, about 399,000 SNAP households will receive about $65 million in additional food benefits on top of their regular SNAP benefits.

“We know that many are relying on these additional emergency food benefits to get enough healthy food for themselves and their families,” said Claire Seguin, assistant director of self-sufficiency programs for the Department of Social Services at the OHSS. Oregon (ODHS). “We also know that many Oregonians are still struggling to meet their basic needs and we encourage them to reach out to our partners at 211 and the Oregon Food Bank for assistance during this time. difficult.”

Current SNAP households will receive emergency allowances on April 12. Emergency benefits will be issued on April 29 or May 3 for households that did not receive benefits in the first monthly issue.

SNAP recipients do not need to do anything to receive these additional benefits as they will be issued directly to their EBT cards.

More information about emergency allocations is available at https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/ASSISTANCE/FOOD-BENEFITS/Pages/Emergency-Allotments.aspx.

Questions regarding your SNAP benefits should be directed to the ONE Customer Service Center at 1-800-699-9075.

If your household receives SNAP and your income or the number of people in your household has changed, it could impact your benefits. It is important to ensure that ODHS has the most up-to-date information.

You can report any changes to your income or household in several ways:

  • Online at: ONE.Oregon.gov
  • By mail to: ONE Customer Service Center, PO Box 14015, Salem, OR 97309
  • By fax at: 503-378-5628
  • By phone at: 1-800-699-9075 or TTY 711

Resources to meet basic needs

Administered by ODHS, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1 million eligible low-income families and individuals in Oregon, including many seniors and people with disabilities. Oregonians in need can apply for benefits including SNAP, child care, cash assistance and Medicaid. Learn more at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-dhs-benefits. For local resources in your area, such as food or shelter, please call 2-1-1 or contact the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-855-ORE-ADRC or 1-855-673-2372.

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