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Oregon's Pandemic Food Benefits Extended Through October


The State of Oregon has been approved to expand the Pandemic Food Assistance program. Nearly $591 million will be used to feed about 430-thousand children through October.

Jake Sunderland is with the Oregon Department of Human Services. He said, “current recipients of pandemic EBT (electronic benefits transfer) benefits will automatically receive an additional $389.00, per child, in food assistance that will be received as two payments in September and October. There’s no need to apply for this extra food assistance.”

Sunderland said these benefits are to make up for the meals missed due to COVID-19 school closures.

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Jake Sunderland is with the Oregon Department of Human Services.

If your child has not applied-- but has qualified for free or reduced-price meals at school-- you can still receive this food assistance. Just apply online at the Oregon Department of Education website by September 4th.  

Credit Oregon Department of Education
The pandemic EBT card is accepted at most grocery stores and farmers markets around Oregon.

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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