Oregon to begin delivering SNAP benefits for food-insecure students

Families who usually receive free or reduced-price meals at school will start receiving SNAP benefits in June, Oregon officials announced.

Posted: May 20, 2020 12:30 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon state officials say that they will continue to offer additional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in June for families who would normally receive free or reduced-price meals.

The state announced that it would extend SNAP benefits to food insecure students in early May. More than 351,000 students around the state were eligible for the grocery benefits.

According to Oregon DHS, the state is putting $134 million toward those food benefits. Households will receive food benefits equivalent to the cost of one lunch and one breakfast for each eligible student – $5.70 per normal school day for the months of March, April, May and June.

Beginning in June, these additional benefits will be automatically deposited for SNAP households to their existing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) accounts on the regular date. Benefits are sent out between the 1st and the 9th of the month, based on the last digit of the recipient's SSN.

Students who would normally receive free school meals but do not have SNAP benefits will automatically receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail in the months of June and July. Parents do not need to apply if their children are part of a school where all students receive free meals.

Families whose children attend participating schools and have experienced significant income loss may have become eligible for free school meals, and can apply online here.

Benefits will be retroactive to March 16, for students who received free and reduced-price meals when schools closed. For newly eligible free or reduced-price students or SNAP households, benefits will start at the beginning of the month they become eligible. Eligible students will receive the following:

  • $69 for March
  • $126 in April
  • $120 in May
  • $69 in June

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