SNAP / Food Stamps - COVID-19

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SNAP/Food Stamps: eligibility is determined on a case by case basis, primarily based on household size and income.
How to Apply: you can apply for SNAP even if your last 30-days of income are not representative of what your income will be moving forward. DHS takes recent changes in your situation into account right away when determining benefits.  Please note that unemployment benefits will be counted as income. 
You do not need to go into a Department of Human Services office to get service.
Apply online or by phone if you are able. To avoid peak web usage hours consider applying after 5pm. Call your local office before applying in person to stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). 
Applications can also be emailed to SSP.StatewideWorkshare@dhsoha.state.or.us
Paper applications:
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Seniors and people with disabilities should go here: https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/Offices/Pages/Seniors-Disabilities.aspx or call 1-855-ORE-ADRC (1-855-673-2372).
 
Policy/Rule Changes: Many rules have changed because of the state of emergency. Please call your local office for help with any questions.
  • ABAWD: Time limits are now suspended across Oregon. This means that those considered Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDs) do not need to meet work requirements in order to continue receiving SNAP. No SNAP benefits will be reduced or cut off for participants because of not meeting work requirements. If you have been cut off SNAP because of time limits in the past, please reapply as you may now be eligible.
  • Recertifying: Recertifications or interim change reports (the yellow letter that comes during your 5th month) required for SNAP participants during March, April, May and June have been delayed six months.
  • Online Ordering: SNAP/Food Stamps cards (EBT) can now be used to order food online through Amazon and Walmart for home delivery across Oregon. Please note that there are delivery fees (which SNAP benefits cannot pay for).
  • For those 60+, Area Agencies on Aging can cover delivery fees for SNAP online purchase, please reach out to the office in your area directly about this: https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/Offices/Pages/Seniors-Disabilities.aspx or call 1-855-ORE-ADRC (1-855-673-2372). 
  • Extra Emergency SNAP allotment: DHS is issuing emergency extra SNAP benefits to many SNAP households to help buy food during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your monthly SNAP benefit is less than the maximum amount for your household, you will get a supplemental benefit up to the maximum SNAP amount for your household size. If you already get the maximum SNAP benefit, you will not get extra SNAP.  At this time, extra SNAP will be added to EBT cards in through August.  Additional distribution dates at the end of these months will occur for new SNAP applicants that were certified after the earlier distribution dates or for anyone households that were missed in the initial distribution. Flyers:  English and

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    For information on Pandemic EBT for participants of the free and reduced school lunch program, please visit  PEBT