The Bear Cupboard

The Bear Cupboard Food Pantry, a local nonprofit organization in Coquille, has continued to provide its services and feed hungry families amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The food bank has shifted its operations to drive-through services and has limited is all-volunteer staff as a way to limit people's exposure to the novel coronavirus. Volunteer Dirk Sibold, a volunteer at the Bear Cupboard, helps sort produce in boxes which will be handed out to families in need.

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OREGON — The Oregon Department of Human Services has received approval by the federal Food and Nutrition Service to continue in August to provide increased food benefits and waive the interview requirement for new applicants – making it faster and easier for Oregonians to access benefits.

This will result in an additional $30 million to eligible Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in August 2020.

“As the pandemic continues, access to food has worsened greatly,” said Self-Sufficiency Programs Deputy Director Claire Seguin. “Providing another month of emergency assistance will help ease the threat of chronic hunger in Oregon.”

SNAP households will automatically receive the additional allotment in the same way they receive their current benefits. For most customers this is an EBT card. The additional benefit amount will be disbursed on the schedule below to all eligible SNAP households.

No additional action is needed from Oregonians already enrolled in SNAP. The increase brings all households to the maximum SNAP benefit. Households that already receive the maximum benefit will not receive any additional benefits.

The table below shows the maximum SNAP benefits based on the number of eligible people in the household

Household size: 1; max SNAP benefit — $194

Household size: 2; max SNAP benefit — $355

Household size: 3; max SNAP benefit — $509

Household size: 4; max SNAP benefit — $646

Household size: 5; max SNAP benefit — $768

Each additional person +$146

This allotment will not permanently change a household’s monthly benefit amount. It is a temporary supplement to help during the current health crisis. The Department of Human Services will not be sending individual notices to households about the emergency allotments.

In addition, Oregon received approval to continue to waive the requirement to complete an interview for new SNAP applicants. This change will allow DHS to process applications faster and better serve those Oregonians hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will still reach out to new applicants to offer additional resources, explain requirements and answer questions.

Questions?

Learn how to apply for SNAP and other benefits online or by phone at https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/COVID-19/Pages/Home.aspx.

SNAP customers can contact their local SSP or AAA office for more information. Find a local office at: oregon.gov/DHS/Offices/Pages/index.aspx

For other ways to connect with DHS, contact 211info:

• By calling 2-1-1 from any phone

• Text your zip code to 898211

• By email at help@211info.org

Find other food resources at https://oregonhunger.org/covid-19/.

 
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