The Oregon Department of Human Services announced Wednesday that most Oregonians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payments will receive emergency allotments in May.
Since March 2020, the federal government has authorized emergency allotments every month. This provides additional assistance to SNAP recipients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because of the federal COVID-19 public health emergency, Oregon is able to grant these emergency benefits as a temporary solution.
Oregon will be allowed to issue these emergency benefits in June because the federal government has approved them for May. The emergency benefits, on the other hand, are scheduled to terminate once the federal public health emergency is over.
In addition to their usual SNAP benefits, about 406,000 SNAP households will receive nearly $66 million in extra food assistance in May.
“We know that many people rely on these additional emergency food benefits to ensure that they and their families have enough healthy food,” said Claire Seguin, deputy director of the Oregon Department of Human Services Self-Sufficiency Programs.
“We also recognize that many Oregonians are still struggling to meet their basic necessities, and we encourage them to seek assistance from our partners at 211 and the Oregon Food Bank.”
On May 11, current SNAP households will get emergency allotments. For homes that did not get benefits in the first monthly distribution, emergency allotments will be granted on May 28 or June 2.
These supplementary payments will be issued directly on SNAP participants’ EBT cards, so they will not require any action on their part.
If you get SNAP benefits and your income or the number of persons in your family has changed, your benefits may be affected. It’s critical that ODHS has the most up-to-date information possible.
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You can report any changes to your household or income in a variety of ways:
- ONE.Oregon.gov is a website that provides information on the state of Oregon.
- ONE Customer Service Center, PO Box 14015, Salem, OR 97309 by mail
- 503-378-5628 via fax
- Call 1-800-699-9075 or 711 for TTY.
Resources to assist with meeting basic requirements
- Foodfinder.oregonfoodbank.org can help you find a food pantry.
- Contact the Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon at 1-855-673-2372 or visit www.adrcoforegon.org to learn about government programs and community resources for older individuals and people with disabilities.
- www.211info.org, dial 2-1-1, or text your zip code to 898-211.
- Contact your local Community Action Agency for local resources and assistance: www.caporegon.org/find-services/
- COVID-19 Help Center, Oregon Department of Human Services
SNAP is a federal program administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services that provides food assistance to about 1 million low-income families and individuals in Oregon, including many seniors and people with disabilities.
Benefits including SNAP, child care, cash assistance, and Medicaid are available to Oregonians in need.