Some examples of common misperceptions:
"I make too much money to qualify for SNAP."
Many people are surprised to find out how much they can earn each month and still be eligible. Most families who qualify for WIC or school meals also qualify for SNAP.
"I can't get SNAP because I own a house and/or a car."
Most households in Oregon can get SNAP regardless of the value of their resources. Eligibility is based mostly on monthly income. You may also be able to receive SNAP if you get unemployment insurance, if you are a student or if you are working full or part-time.
"Other people need SNAP more than I do."
There are enough Federal SNAP dollars for everyone who needs them, so you are not taking them away from someone else. SNAP dollars represents federal taxes being returned to Oregon communities to support not only hungry households, but also having a postive impact on local retailers and farmers. Oregon brings more than $1 billion federal SNAP dollars into our state economy each year.
"I only get a small amount and it's just not worth the hassle."
It all adds up: A monthly benefit of $16 per month equals $192 per year.
With eligibility for SNAP households qualify for telephone assistance and deferment of most federal student loans. Children qualify for free school meals, while seniors may be eligible for Farmers Market Vochers.
"It is a sign of failure if I use SNAP."
According to the USDA, 51% of all U.S. citizens will use SNAP at least once during their lifetime "making SNAP a common American experience."