SNAP

Willamette Farm and Food Coalition

A popular Lane County voucher program has been extended to make locally grown food more affordable to low-income residents.

Oregon Department of Human Services

Oregon children who missed out on free or reduced-price meals at school - because of the pandemic -will soon be receiving food benefits in the mail. 

Lauren Ibanez

 

Graduarse de la preparatoria en Oregon no siempre es fácil. Aunque el año pasado el estado vio la clase de graduados más grande registrada, aún así el 20% de los estudiantes de último año no se graduaron. Eso es a pesar de que los requisitos de graduación se relajaron durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Si los estudiantes están preocupados por sus finanzas, comida y vivienda, y experimentan la falta de alojamiento, es aún más difícil obtener un diploma.

 

Casi la mitad de los estudiantes universitarios no cuentan con el dinero suficiente para comprar alimentos saludables y culturalmente relevantes con regularidad. En Oregon, menos de un tercio de esos estudiantes solicitaron el programa federal de asistencia alimentaria para ayudar a prevenir la inseguridad alimentaria. Pero los defensores de este programa esperan que esos números cambien.

Melorie Begay / KLCC News

 

Attending higher education can be exciting. Not only is it an opportunity to learn, it’s a chance to make new friends and engage in new experiences. But navigating college can be even more challenging if students’ basic needs aren’t met. 

Lauren Ibanez

 

Almost half of college students don’t have enough money to regularly buy healthy and culturally relevant food.  In Oregon, less than a third of those students applied for the federal food assistance program to help prevent food insecurity. But advocates are hoping those numbers will change. 

Bradley W. Parks / OPB

 

In 2019, 41% of surveyed Oregon community college students experienced food insecurity. Statewide, roughly 1 in 4 Oregonians are experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

To help people put more food on the table, KLCC is hosting a virtual information session on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Tens of thousands of Oregonians are still without power following a series of ice and snow storms over the weekend.

  

Oregon.gov

Wednesday, October 28, is the last day for residents of the eight Oregon counties affected by recent wildfires to apply for Disaster SNAP benefits.  

Andy Nelson / Register Guard/ Pool

Oregonians affected by recent wildfires may be eligible to receive one month of aid through the Disaster Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (DSNAP).

Lane County Farmers Market

According to the Oregon Food Bank, nearly 600,000 Oregonians are food insecure. This means they lack access to enough affordable and nutritious food. A program at the Lane County Farmers Market is trying to help.


FOOD for Lane County

A proposed federal rule change would result in thousands of Oregonians losing *eligibility for food stamp benefits. During a public comment period, Lane County advocates responded to the feds with disapproval of the changes.

Oregonians who receive SNAP benefits may have noticed some extra funds on their EBT cards today. The Department of Human Services wants those folks to know, that that money is for February and to budget accordingly. 

The Oregon Food Bank has funded a fix for what could have been a loss of access for low-income people to farmer’s markets in the state.

www.lanecountyfarmersmarket.org

Fresh, local produce has been a fixture in downtown Eugene since 1915. The Lane County Farmers Market celebrates its 100th anniversary this weekend.

It used to be called the Eugene Producers’ Public Market, but it originally opened in the same space it occupies today: 8th Avenue and Oak Street. Today the Farmer’s Market includes more than 85 growers, and has incorporated the wintertime holiday market, and Tuesdays and Thursdays in the summer. Carrie Swarts is the Market Manager. She says the long-term dream is for an indoor-outdoor space at the Park Blocks:

Amanda Peacher / OPB

Nearly 15 years ago, Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. The state changed a number of policies to try to help. But the percentage of people facing hunger today is nearly as high as it was in 2000. In this series, we talk to Oregonians who struggle to put food on the table, and look at programs that provide support. Amanda Peacher reports on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Beginning Friday, more than 800,000 Oregonians receiving SNAP, or food benefits, will see a reduction in their monthly stipend.  The change is the result of an expiring federal stimulus program put in place during the recession.  

How much food can you buy with ten dollars?  A loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter, a bag of carrots, a couple apples, maybe some off-brand pretzels… not much more.  But it enough to provide a person a meal a day for about a week.