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Oregon SNAP emergency food benefits keep extending to reduce hunger through pandemic

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Oregon Food Bank
Oregon SNAP recipients will see additional emergency food benefits added to their EBT cards in November.

These extra nutritional benefits are meant to offset some of the worst health impacts of the pandemic—like hunger.

Emergency food benefits for Oregonians in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will continue in November. Most SNAP recipients won’t have to take any additional action to receive the allotments.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately affect the poor, these extra nutritional benefits are meant to offset some of the worst health impacts—like hunger.
Dan Haun is director of the Oregon Department of Human Services Self- Sufficiency Program. He said they’re grateful to be able to provide additional benefits to most SNAP recipients.

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Oregon Food Bank
Extra benefits will afford SNAP recipients greater reach at meal time.

“We also know that many Oregonians are still struggling to meet their basic needs due to COVID-19,” he said, “and we encourage them to contact our partners at 211 and the Oregon Food Bank for support during this difficult time.”

Haun said in November, approximately $63 million dollars in extra food allowances have been allocated to SNAP recipients, in addition to their regular food allowances. The extra benefits will be issued directly on EBT cards and available on November 11th.

More information about emergency SNAP allotments is available at https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/ASSISTANCE/FOOD-BENEFITS/Pages/About-SNAP.aspx.

Resources to help meet basic needs:

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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