Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Federal spending bill ends emergency SNAP benefits

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The 2023 Omnibus Spending bill ended funding for COVID-19 emergency SNAP benefits, decreasing the amount low-income families receive for food.

February will be the last month households receive an additional allotment that has been given out since April 2020 totaling $1.9 billion.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we have had the opportunity to provide these emergency food benefits to most SNAP households in Oregon,” said ODHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht. “We know that many rely on these additional emergency food benefits to get enough healthy food for themselves and their families. As Oregon continues to be impacted by COVID-19, we know that without these emergency food benefits some in Oregon may experience hardship and hunger. We encourage them to contact our partners at 211, Oregon Food Bank and their local Community Action Agency for support during this difficult time.”

State of Oregon officials permanently increased the regular amount given out to SNAP recipients back in October 2021 by an average of $36 per person, per month.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves about 1 million families who meet eligibility criteria and provides them with a food card that can be used at most grocery locations.

In January 2022, Oregon increased the income eligibility limit for SNAP up to 200% of the federal poverty level. This means that an individual with up to $2,265 in income per month, or a family of three with up to $3,838 in income per month, are eligible to receive SNAP food benefits.

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Justin Werner is publisher of Lincoln City Homepage and a journalist reporting news for Lincoln City, Oregon. When he's not wearing his reporter hat, you can find him enjoying the Oregon Coast with his wife and three children.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Well well, I hope our money goes to something worthwhile, like a war
    we have no business in. Or maybe junking all your gas cars, and your gas stoves.
    The democrats make me sick and the sooner we get that senile old man and his
    crooked buddies where they belong the better off we’ll be. A lot of people have
    gotten used to that extra money, and we just got a rise in the Spectrum bill,
    the garbage bill and the water, Thanks so much.

  2. So, no other comments? Besides all those other bills going up, they’ve raised
    the power bill as well.
    And taking the government’s money? I have no problem doing it, I’ll take all
    the money they want to hand me. The problem is that they give money out too
    easily, and for too long. I didn’t need any of that covid money- but I have new
    camping equipment, a generator, added to my collection of exotic butterflies,
    and more. This food money? Went on too long. Sure, we knew it would end,
    but every time they said it was ending- they kept it going, and going. I used
    to, many years ago, I felt self conscious when I used at the time, my girl friend’s
    food stamps at the grocery store, well, that’s given way to reality. Don’t like it?
    Vote Republican. I do.

  3. what is really upsetting is a person I know works, hubby works and she gets free healthcare, surgeries, etc. We both pay close to $200 each month for our health insurance. She pays non, gets it all free. Is that fair???

  4. I worked all my adult life roofing houses, I owned my own business.
    My Mom could outwork most men, we take what we get. Life isn’t fair and
    that’s the way it is. Some bunch of idiots voted for the people responsible for these policies, like it really matters who we vote for. I’m disabled. I’d rather
    be working, and able to walk 40 feet.

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