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.
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."