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There’s help for low-income Oregonians who lost food in storm power outages

Oregonians who took advantage of state food aid benefits to purchase spoiled food during the recent winter storms may be eligible for assistance.

People who had to throw away food purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits because of a power outage can seek replacement benefits. Recipient must request replacement funds for his 10 calendar days of food loss.

The Oregon Department of Human Services, which administers benefits sometimes called food stamps, said alternative benefits are limited to an amount equal to one month’s normal benefits for households.

How to request redemption:

phone: Oregon Qualified Customer Service: (800) 699-9075

Email: [email protected]

Meanwhile, the department announced that many current households receiving SNAP benefits will receive increases again in January.

The extra money will be credited to many households’ debit cards on January 11th. For households who did not receive benefits in the first monthly issuance of the pandemic, additional money will be issued on January 31 or February 2.

Enhanced benefits were launched in March 2020 as additional support for low-income households during the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 420,000 Oregon households will receive approximately $71 million in additional food benefits in January on top of their regular SNAP benefits. The average SNAP benefit per household in Oregon is about $200 per month.

For Storm Alternative Benefits, if approved, will be added to the household’s existing electronic benefit transfer card.