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Oregon announces an extra $60 million in SNAP benefits for April and May

That state says that it will send out millions in extra food assistance for the next two months due to the impact of COVID-19.

Posted: Apr 9, 2020 5:31 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2020 5:37 PM

SALEM, Ore. — With skyrocketing unemployment and the prospect of more widespread food insecurity due to coronavirus, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) says that it will pump an extra $30 million each month for April and May toward SNAP recipients.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregonians are facing unprecedented economic instability and food insecurity,” said DHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht. “This emergency assistance will help address the food needs our neighbors and communities are suddenly facing.”

Households that already received SNAP will not have to do anything to receive the extra funds, they will be added the same way that people currently receive their benefits. For most, this means an EBT card.


RELATED: Oregon allows SNAP recipients to order online as part of social distancing


The extra funds will go out on a split schedule, with current SNAP households not receiving the maximum allotment receiving it at the beginning of the month (April 10 and May 8), and new SNAP recipients who did not receive the first allotment getting it at the end of each month (April 29 and May 28).

"No additional action is needed from Oregonians already enrolled in SNAP," DHS said.

Households that already receive the maximum benefit will not receive any more. According to DHS, this is the maximum amount that someone can received based on the number of eligible people in a household:

  • 1 - $194
  • 2 - $355
  • 3 - $509
  • 4 - $646
  • 5 - $768
  • (+$146 for each additional person)

"This allotment will not permanently change a household’s monthly benefit amount," DHS said. "It is a temporary supplement to help during the current health crisis. DHS will not be sending individual notices to households about the emergency allotments."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 4474

Reported Deaths: 159
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Marion101126
Washington75518
Clackamas33312
Deschutes1330
Umatilla1243
Linn1219
Polk10012
Lane803
Yamhill757
Jackson690
Benton575
Jefferson460
Clatsop450
Klamath440
Malheur320
Coos320
Wasco291
Douglas280
Hood River280
Lincoln230
Josephine231
Columbia160
Morrow120
Curry70
Crook70
Union60
Tillamook60
Wallowa20
Lake20
Sherman10
Harney10
Grant10
Baker10
Unassigned00

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Confirmed Cases: 122168

Reported Deaths: 4444
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Riverside8303345
San Diego7798283
Orange6783165
San Bernardino5650209
Alameda364197
Santa Clara2850144
San Francisco264443
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Kern246245
San Mateo224484
Tulare208392
Fresno194437
Santa Barbara171414
Contra Costa154738
Sacramento149058
Ventura119035
Kings11876
San Joaquin102436
Stanislaus79230
Monterey62110
Sonoma5934
Solano55922
Marin52517
Merced3107
San Luis Obispo2881
Placer2599
Santa Cruz2192
Yolo21624
Madera1293
Napa1263
Humboldt1044
El Dorado980
San Benito962
Butte601
Nevada491
Sutter482
Del Norte470
Shasta404
Mono371
Mendocino330
Yuba311
Lake300
Inyo201
Glenn170
Calaveras160
Mariposa161
Amador100
Siskiyou90
Colusa70
Tehama61
Tuolumne50
Lassen50
Plumas40
Alpine20
Sierra10
Trinity10
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