Oregon to Issue $71 Billion Emergency SNAP Benefits in January
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be received by most Oregon residents as emergency allotments in January.
Since March 2020, the federal government has already approved emergency allotments every month as additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic for SNAP recipients. Due to the federal COVID-19 public health emergency, these emergency benefits are temporary support that Oregon can provide to its residents.
Oregon will also be able to issue them in February 2023 because the federal government approved these emergency benefits for January. But, as soon as the federal public health emergency ends, the emergency benefits are expected to end as well.
According to a published post by KTVZ, approximately 421,000 SNAP households will receive roughly $71 million in extra food benefits in January which will be in addition to their regular SNAP benefits.
Oregon To Issue $71 Million In Emergency SNAP Benefits in January
Jana McLellan, interim director of the Oregon Department of Human Services, Self-Sufficiency Programs stated that they know that many rely on these additional emergency food benefits to get enough healthy food for themselves and their families.
It is also known to all that the holiday season can also bring additional stress and worry for many Oregonians who are still struggling to meet their basic needs. They encourage them to contact their partners at 211, the Oregon Food Bank, and their local Community Action Agency for support during this difficult time.
On January 11, 2023, the current SNAP households will receive emergency allotments and emergency allotments will be issued on Jan. 31, 2023, or Feb. 2, 2023, for households who did not receive benefits in the first monthly issuance.
SNAP recipients do not have to take action to receive these supplemental benefits as they will be issued directly on their EBT cards.
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