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Oregon Boosts SNAP Benefits In Light Of Pandemic


The Oregon Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, announced they'll add and additional $30 million in benefits for both April and May. SNAP households should see extra benefits starting April 10 and new members on April 29.

The temporary boost in funding comes at a time when unemployment applications have skyrocketed across the state. 

Credit Oregon Department of Human Services
The allotment schedule for disbursing SNAP funds for April and May.

Department of Human Services Director Fariborz Pakseresht said the COVID-19 pandemic has left Oregonians facing “unprecedented economic instability, and food insecurity.”  

Eligible households will see additional funds on their EBT cards or other ways they regularly receive benefits. However, those already receiving the maximum SNAP allotment will not get additional funds. The maximum varies based on household size.

For more information on SNAP benefits and to apply visit this link.

Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.