PHFO statement on prioritizing of SNAP benefits

In response to Governor Kitzhaber’s March 12 announcement that he directed Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) and the Department of Human services (DHS) to continue the "Heat and Eat” program, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon issued the following statement:


PORTLAND, Ore. – March 13, 2014  SNAP is the cornerstone of our country's nutrition safety net. Federal SNAP dollars help seed success in individuals and grow stronger, more prosperous communities. In joining a bipartisan movement of governors across the country who are leveraging state funds to receive federal nutrition dollars through SNAP, Governor Kitzhaber took a step toward securing Oregon's future. The Governor’s leadership on this issue reflects a strategic understanding of the role that SNAP benefits play in helping Oregonians build better lives for themselves and their families.

We all want people in our state to not only do better, but to reach their full potential. Preserving the "Heat and Eat" program means that Oregonians will have the most important tool they need to get back on their feet: nourishment. Moving forward, we hope to work with State officials to identify ways to replace those funds taken from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) so that those in need of home heating assistance have a stable, reliable stream of funds to help stay warm during winter's cold months.


Statement attributable to Patti Whitney-Wise, Executive Director

Contact: Elizabeth Seaberry, Communications Manager