Gift of $70 Million for the Holidays From Snap; 426,00 Customers Will Benefit

Gift of $70 Million: The majority of Oregonians who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive their annual emergency allotments in the month of December, and this includes residents of Lincoln County.

Supplemental food assistance worth about $70 million will be distributed to about 426,000 SNAP households in December.

Monthly emergency allotments have been sanctioned by the federal government since March 2020. When the COVID-19 pandemic hits, this gives SNAP recipients a helping hand. Because of the federal COVID-19 public health emergency, Oregon is able to provide these emergency benefits as a temporary means of support.

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Gift of $70 Million for the Holidays From Snap

The federal government’s December approval of these emergency benefits means that Oregon can begin issuing them in January of 2023 as well. However, emergency assistance will end once the federal public health emergency has been resolved.

A total of 426,000 SNAP households will receive an additional $70 million in food benefits this December.

Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) Self-Sufficiency Programs Interim Director Jana McLellan said, “We know that many rely on these additional emergency food benefits to get enough healthy food for themselves and their families.”

Many Oregonians are still struggling to meet their basic needs, and the holiday season can add additional stress and worry to this already difficult time of year. We encourage them to reach out to our partners at 211, the Oregon Food Bank, and their local Community Action Agency for assistance.

Gift of $70 Million for the Holidays From Snap
Gift of $70 Million for the Holidays From Snap

On the 13th of December, current SNAP households will receive emergency allotments. In the event that a household does not receive benefits in the initial monthly issuance, emergency allotments will be distributed on either December 30 or January 4, 2023.

These supplementary benefits will be automatically added to SNAP recipients’ EBT cards; no action is required on their part.

Emergency allotment information can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/ASSISTANCE/FOOD-BENEFITS/Pages/Emergency-Allotments.aspx.

Please contact the ONE Customer Service Center at 1-800-699-9075 if you have any questions about your SNAP benefits.

If your family is currently receiving SNAP benefits but your income or household size has changed, your SNAP benefits may be adjusted accordingly. If you want ODHS to be effective, you need to provide them with accurate data.

There are several ways in which you can report changes to your household or income:

Visit Oregon.gov online.

You can contact ONE’s customer service team via snail mail at their Salem, OR 97309 PO Box 14015.

You can reach us via fax at 503-378-5628.

For more information, call 1-800-699-9075 (voice) or 711 (TTY).

Helping materials for meeting essential needs

Check out oregonfoodbank.org to locate a food bank near you.

Contact the Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon at 1-855-673-2372 or visit adrcoforegon.org for information on state and local programs and services for the elderly and the disabled.

For more information, call 2-1-1 or send a text message with your zip code to 898-211. 211info.org

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You can get more information at https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/benefits/Pages/index.aspx. . Please contact your local 2-1-1 referral service or the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) at 1-855-ORE-ADRC (1-855-673-2372) for information on food and housing assistance programs.

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