What Resources Exist and How to Apply
Families should not have to worry where their next meal is coming from. In Congress we have made sure that during this uncertain time, people can still get food to their families. Below is information and resources on food programs you may be eligible for and how to access them.
What has changed
Oregon Regulations Prior to COVID-19
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program which offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families.
- Benefits are calculated based on household income.
- To be eligible for SNAP benefits, applicants must meet specific work requirements. These include:
- Registering for work;
- Not voluntarily quitting a job or reducing hours;
- Taking a job if offered; and
- Participating in employment and training programs, if assigned by the state.
- Additionally, able bodied adults without dependents are required to work or participate in a work program for at least 20 hours per week in order to receive SNAP benefits for more than 3 months in a 36-month period.
New Federal Guidelines
- Suspend the work & work training requirements for SNAP during this crisis.
- Allow states to request special waivers from the Secretary to provide temporary, emergency CR-SNAP benefits up to the maximum monthly allotment.
- This would permit beneficiaries to stock up at the grocery store before any quarantine and help deal with price increases for eligible food. It does not increase SNAP benefits beyond current maximum levels for a household size.
- Give broad discretion to the Secretary to provide much more flexibility for States in managing SNAP caseloads, including: more time between periodic reports; allowing more methods of issuance; and a simplified interview process.
Federal legislation has also expanded access to nutritional programs through WIC and local food banks. If you have a child who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, they can continue to receive meals. Each school district is addressing how best to disseminate these meals.
If you are facing hunger or having trouble obtaining the meal services you are accustomed to, please reach out to my office HERE or by calling (503) 557-1324. There is also extensive information available at BENEFITS.GOV.