Emergency allotments for the majority of Oregonians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payments will be distributed in October.
Since March 2020, every month, the federal government has granted emergency allocations. Due to this, SNAP users are given additional assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the federal COVID-19 public health emergency, Oregon is able to offer these emergency benefits as a temporary form of assistance.
Because these emergency benefits were granted by the federal government for October, Oregon will also be able to provide them in November. However, it is anticipated that the emergency benefits will expire once the federal public health emergency is over.
432,000 SNAP households will get an additional $69 million in food assistance in October on top of their usual SNAP benefits.
According to Jana McLellan, interim director of the Self-Sufficiency Programs at the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), “We know that many rely on these additional emergency food benefits to secure enough healthy food for themselves and their family.” We also recognize that a significant portion of Oregonians continues to struggle to meet their basic requirements, and we encourage them to reach out to our colleagues at 211, the Oregon Food Bank, and their neighborhood Community Action Agency for assistance at this trying time.
Emergency allocations will be given to current SNAP households on October 11. Households that did not receive benefits in the first monthly release will receive emergency allotments on October 29 or November 2.
Since these extra benefits will be delivered straight to SNAP members’ EBT cards, no action is necessary on their part to obtain them.
You can get more details on emergency allotments at https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/ASSISTANCE/FOOD-BENEFITS/Pages/Emergency-Allotments.aspx. Call the ONE Customer Service Center at 1-800-699-9075 with any inquiries you may have regarding your SNAP benefits.
If your household receives SNAP benefits and your income or the composition of your household has changed, this may have an effect on your benefits. It is crucial to guarantee that ODHS has the most recent data.
You have a variety of options for reporting any changes to your family or income:
- Online at: ONE.Oregon.gov
- By mail at: ONE Customer Service Center, PO Box 14015, Salem, OR 97309
- By fax at: 503-378-5628
- By phone at: 1-800-699-9075 or TTY 711
Resources to help
- Find a food pantry: foodfinder.oregonfoodbank.org
- Learn about government programs and community resources for older adults and people with disabilities: Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon at 1-855-673-2372 or www.adrcoforegon.org.
- Dial 2-1-1, or text your zip code to 898-211, www.211info.org
- Find local resources and support by contacting your local Community Action Agency: www.caporegon.org/find-services/
- Oregon COVID-19 help center
SNAP, a federal program administered by ODHS, offers food assistance to around 1 million eligible, low-income families and individuals in Oregon, including a large number of elderly and disabled persons. People in Oregon who are in need can apply for Medicaid, cash assistance, SNAP, and child care.