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Oregon approved for more than $550 million in food assistance for families

Pandemic EBT benefits will go out to families of roughly 572,000 children who do not have access to free or reduced-price meals through school.

Posted: May 11, 2021 12:55 PM
Updated: May 11, 2021 12:56 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Though the assistance comes late for the 2020-21 school year, Oregon has received federal approval to distribute more than $550 million in food assistance for families that do not have access to free or reduced-price meals that are usually provided at schools.

For an estimated 572,000 children in Oregon, the assistance will come in the form of Pandemic EBT benefits. The federal approval technically applies to students who were eligible for the 2020-21 school year, though issuance is not expected to begin until July.

“P-EBT benefits will significantly support the food security, health and well-being of children and families across Oregon,” said Dan Haun, director of the Oregon Department of Human Services, Self-Sufficiency Programs. “Still, many Oregonians are struggling meeting their basic needs. We encourage them to contact our partners at 211 and the Oregon Food Bank.”

Families do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits — they will automatically be issued for students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals and were enrolled in Oregon schools.

Children who are not currently enrolled in the meal program can still be admitted online at the Oregon Department of Education website or through their schools. The application needs to be completed before June 30 to receive the P-EBT benefits.

Each student receives their own P-EBT card, and families who are new to the program will receive a card in the mail with instructions. Cards are mailed to the address on file with the school for students who do not receive SNAP. Those who are already SNAP recipients will receive P-EBT benefits on the EBT card provided through SNAP.

Children who receive a card can still participate in grab-and-go meals or other emergency food programs provided through schools or other community organizations.

“All children deserve access to adequate nutrition to fuel their learning. The Oregon Department of Education is happy to be partnering with ODHS and local school districts to meet the nutrition needs of Oregon's children and families who were most impacted by the pandemic,” said Cindy Hunt, Chief of Staff at ODE.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 206777

Reported Deaths: 2754
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Multnomah40354614
Washington26781248
Marion23425323
Clackamas18925235
Lane13896164
Jackson11535146
Deschutes1001582
Umatilla859387
Linn560380
Yamhill477879
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Polk399356
Douglas387982
Malheur361463
Josephine359872
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Jefferson236839
Coos216637
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Crook129223
Hood River121933
Morrow115316
Clatsop10559
Baker101115
Curry70811
Tillamook6604
Grant5507
Lake4678
Harney4339
Wallowa1945
Gilliam801
Sherman671
Wheeler351
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Cases: 3808258

Reported Deaths: 63335
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Tulare49814849
Monterey43831427
San Mateo42646581
San Francisco37256556
Santa Barbara34596455
Solano33707266
Merced32291478
Sonoma30868317
Imperial28813741
Placer23537299
Kings23189247
San Luis Obispo21421261
Madera16632245
Santa Cruz16235208
Marin14200230
Yolo14156212
Butte12659194
Shasta12630233
El Dorado10371116
Napa1002580
Sutter9656113
Yuba648551
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Lassen578424
Tehama573163
Nevada491075
Humboldt446348
Mendocino432150
Tuolumne420771
Amador373947
Lake356345
Glenn243427
Siskiyou239437
Colusa228418
Calaveras220156
Del Norte14568
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Plumas7366
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