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$62 million in Oregon SNAP emergency food benefits coming in March

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Oregon Department of Human Services
The federally approved emergency food benefits will show up on most SNAP beneficiaries EBT Oregon Trail cards by March 11.

Most Oregonians who receive SNAP benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will also get emergency allotments this March.

Since the pandemic hit in March 2020, the federal government has approved emergency food allowances for every month.

Jake Sunderland with Oregon Department of Human Services said in March, about 386,000 SNAP households will receive nearly $62 million in extra food benefits.

“We know that many rely on these additional food benefits to get enough healthy food for themselves and their families,” he said. “We also know that many Oregonians are struggling to meet their basic needs and we encourage them to contact our partners at 211 1or the Oregon Food Bank for support.”

Current SNAP households will receive emergency benefits on March 11. Emergency allotments will be issued March 31 or April 2 for households who did not receive benefits in the first monthly issuance.

Need to know:

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

Questions about your SNAP benefits should be directed to the ONE Customer Service Center at 1-800-699-9075.

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.