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SNAP Households To See Permanent Increase In Monthly Food Benefits


Oregonians with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will soon have more funds to work with at mealtime. Monthly SNAP benefits will be permanently increased in October.

The increase equates to about $36 per month, per person. Current SNAP recipients will also continue to receive additional pandemic relief *emergency benefits for October.

Oregon Department of Human Services spokesperson Jake Sunderland said, “these extra emergency benefits will equal approximately $64 million dollars in extra food benefits for approximately 408,000 SNAP households.” 

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In addition to the permanent increase in monthly benefits, SNAP households also will continue to receive COVID relief emergency benefits through October which make up for meals missed by kids because of school closures.

This permanent raise in benefits is the result of federal changes to the Thrifty Food Plan.  SNAP recipients don’t have to take any action to receive these benefits. They will be issued directly on their EBT cards. New SNAP households will receive emergency allotments in October or November.

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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