More than 41 million families receive food stamps each month through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It is based on a family’s size, income, and other expenses, SNAP benefits are calculated.
The SNAP Benefits
One of the most comprehensive government-sponsored food assistance programs is SNAP. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides benefits to low-income families and individuals via the Electronic Benefits Transfer card to buy food. For eligible purchases at authorized retail food stores, a debit card can be used with this card.
Usually, SNAP is only available to those who’s household income is up to 130 percent of the federal poverty level, which starts at $12,880 for a single person and rises with the size of the family. As a result, the Oregon Department of Human Services has proclaimed that the income threshold for households to receive food stamps and daycare assistance for working parents have been increased, as per The Sun.
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Oregon Raised Income Threshold
State assistance for food and child care costs has increased to about 18,000 additional Oregon families. A family earning up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level is now eligible for both programs, effective January 1. Formerly, the cap was set at 185 percent of the federal poverty level. In other words, people making up to $2,147 a month (or $3,660 for a family of three) are qualified for both programs now, as per Oregon Live.
As a result, Oregonians will receive an additional $25 million per year in food assistance benefits. ODHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht noted that many Oregonians — particularly those of color, members of Oregon’s tribal nations, disabled people, and the elderly — had it tough before the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of Oregonians will benefit from this increase in food assistance.
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