SALEM, Ore. — Oregonians who received food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue to receive extra benefits in June as thousands continue to struggle with the fallout from COVID-19.
The Oregon Department of Human Services began issuing additional SNAP benefits in April and May. Individuals and families who received SNAP were granted the maximum allotment based on the number of eligible members in the household over those two months.
"Due to the continued state of emergency, the U.S. Food and Nutrition Services has provided an additional $30 million to help children and adults in Oregon buy food," DHS said in a statement.
The additional funding will allow Oregonians on SNAP to receive the maximum benefit amount for June as well. For a family of four who currently receives a $346 monthly allotment, they will receive a supplement of $300. The full chart can be found online at the DHS site.
“There are many Oregon families who continue to be caught between reduced hours or unemployment and waiting for other temporary assistance to help them make ends meet until it is safe to return to or find new work,” said Dan Haun, director of Self-Sufficiency Programs. “Having an additional month of federal funds available for eligible recipients, we can help ensure people have access to the basic necessity of food during this ongoing crisis.”
Supplemental payments for the month of June will be issued on June 11 for all current recipients and June 30 for new recipients between June 11 and June 30. The remaining May supplemental payment will be issued on May 29. Recipients who already receive the maximum allotment will not receive additional SNAP benefits.