COVID-19 and Food Access

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Pandemic EBT provides families financial support to cover the cost of groceries while  your children are home during school closures. This benefit is provided to ALL families whose children receive free and reduced-price school meals in Oregon. Learn more here.

Updated May 26, 2021

Coronavirus has changed everyone’s life. Schools are closed, work is drying up, people are sick. For most of us, COVID-19 comes with worries about how to put food on the table.

There’s a lot that feels out of control. Food doesn’t have to be one of them.

Let’s care for each other in extraordinary ways so we can #EmergeStronger. Find what you need. Spread the word. Lift up your voice.

If you’re able, consider making a donation to our coronavirus response fund.

How to Find Food in a Pandemic

We have compiled this list of resources and information to access basic needs and are updating it as we get more information.

  • SNAP is for you. SNAP is for now. Food benefits will be available with more flexibility and some people will receive higher monthly amounts during the pandemic.
    • You do not need to go into a Department of Human Services office to get service. You can call or email a DHS office to access an applications in multiple languages (or you can apply online in English), submit information or paperwork, report changes and/or to conduct an interview. DHS created fillable PDFs of the SNAP application in many languages that can be submitted by email to [email protected]. Find DHS office information including phone numbers here.
    • Oregon continues to not require interviews for the majority of people applying for or recertifying SNAP if DHS has all the information they need to process an application. A DHS worker may get in touch with you by phone if they need to clarify anything from your application.
    • If you have recently been laid off or had work hours cut, you may be eligible for SNAP. 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. More information is available here in EnglishSpanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, and Somali.
    • DHS can mail a SNAP EBT cards to you, this just needs to be requested. One way to request an EBT card mailed to you and to set-up your pin is to call the toll-free Oregon EBT Customer Service Help Line at 1-888-997-4447. Make sure DHS has an accurate mailing address for you that you can access. DHS offices are still open and they have implemented social distancing practices, so you can pick up an EBT card in-person if that is preferred (some offices are even providing curbside service).
  • The recent COVID relief bill passed by congress in December 2020 boosted SNAP benefits by 15% through June 30, 2021. All SNAP participants will start to see these additional benefits starting January 2021. Learn more here.
  • 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. Extra SNAP will be added to EBT cards each month throughout the federal emergency pandemic declaration.
  • Recently the Food and Nutrition Service (that manages the SNAP program at the federal level) changed the way they are issuing emergency extra SNAP benefits that have been available throughout the pandemic. This means moving forward, Oregon Department of Human Services will now start issuing extra emergency SNAP benefits to:
    • SNAP participants who did not receive them in the past – those that are already at the maximum benefit amount for their household size. These participants will receive an additional $95 in benefits.
    • Those who, in the past, only received a small amount (less than $95) of the emergency benefits – these households will get up to $95 (the difference between what they were receiving before and $95).
    • Along with continuing to issue extra benefits for all SNAP participants to get to the maximum amount for their household size, as has been the case since early on in the pandemic. Households that currently receive more than $95 in these emergency benefits won’t see a change in the amount they receive.
    • This change gets more benefits to SNAP participants who have the lowest incomes. The first issuance of additional benefits for these new groups will be April 30th. This will happen automatically with these benefits being added directly to participants EBT cards.
  • You can now use EBT 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+, local Area Agencies on Aging may be able to cover delivery fees for SNAP online purchase, please reach out to the office in your area directly about this, find this information at adrcoforegon.org.
  • 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. More information is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, and Somali.

Meals available to children during the summer months:

  • Summer Meals are available during the pandemic! During the summer, free meals are available at schools and other community locations to all children ages 1 to 18 to pick up “grab and go” style.
  • To receive a summer meal:
    • You do not have to attend that specific school or district to have receive a meal from that site.
    • No application or income verification is needed.
    • Meals are available to students regardless of immigration status.
  • To find a site, visit summerfoodoregon.org/map, call 2-1-1, or text “FOOD” or “COMIDA”  to 877-877 or check in with your school district or local organization on how they are serving meals.
  • The way that meals are delivered can vary by school district or organization, including:
    • Picking up a meal “grab and go” style directly from a meal site
    • Home delivery directly to a student’s home
    • Delivery by previous school bus route to a meal pick-up hub
    • Not requiring a child to be present if a parent or guardian is picking up the meal
    • Providing breakfast and lunch for multiple days at a time

Please note that these methods for serving meals are not universal, it will vary by school district or organization. The best way to find out your local information is to call your school district or visit their website.

  • Oregon was approved to provide another round of Pandemic EBT benefits for the 2020-2021 school year to families whose children receive free and reduced-price school meals in Oregon. More benefits could also be provided over summer 2021 to cover food when children are out of school for the summer – more details to come on this.
  • Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) provides families financial support to cover the cost of school meals during school closures, reduced hours and attendance, or remote learning. This benefit is provided to ALL families whose children receive free and reduced-price school meals in Oregon or attend a school where meals are provided for free to all students during a typical school year. This includes children enrolled in a K-12 school, school-based preschool, or school based Headstart that normally participate in the National School Lunch Program. Additionally, in this new round of P-EBT, children 0-6 years old who receive SNAP will also receive P-EBT benefits.
  • Benefits will be distributed retroactively to cover school meals from October 2020 to May 2021 and will be dispersed starting the end of July 2021 through September 2021. These benefits will be available to you to use for a full year.
  • Benefits will be issued based on the status of schools (fully remote, hybrid, or fully in-person) during a given month in an eligible child’s school district.
  • To read more about Pandemic EBT, check out our Pandemic EBT resources page with materials in eight languages.

  • WIC is available. WIC clients no longer need to show up in-person for appointments. Some other requirements have been altered or waived, including signatures and between visit information collection.
  • Some offices are providing drive-by services.
  • An online version of the WIC application is available. You can find that here. WIC staff will contact you after you fill out and submit the online form.
  • There is a temporarily expanded food list during this crisis, to make it easier for participants to buy food.
  • WIC is excluding one-time stimulus payments from income eligibility
  • WIC-approved infant formula should be available at all major grocery stores and pharmacies. If you don’t see it stocked on the shelves, visit customer service to check-in.
  • WIC is available to families regardless of immigration status.
  • For more information, visit the WIC site here.

  • The COVID relief bill passed in December 2020 expanded SNAP eligibility for college students – allowing more students to qualify without meeting work requirements. Students can now qualify for SNAP if they:
    • Eligible for work study – students do not need to have a work study position or award
    • Have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 on FAFSA

    College students can still qualify for SNAP in many other ways, see our SNAP for students page here.

  • The Hope Center put out a guide for College Supporting Students During COVID-19 that contains tips that can help administration support students as they are working on managing the COVID-19 situation. We know college closures are impacting students access to food, healthcare, and housing, so please consider connecting students to emergency funds, continuing to operate your food pantry or creating other service models for this food, and connecting students to SNAP.
  • If you have federal student loans, your monthly federal student loan payments will be suspended until September and, during this time, no additional interest will accrue.
  • If you participate in a federal work study program, but that work has been disrupted by COVID-19, you will still receive your payments.
  • If you drop out of school because of the coronavirus, this academic term won’t count toward your lifetime subsidized loan eligibility or Pell Grant eligibility. Also your grades will not affect your grant or student loan eligibility. You are also not required to return unused Pell funding or federal student loans should you drop out of school because of coronavirus.
  • For more information on how to apply for SNAP as a student, click here.

  • Meals on Wheels People dining centers will be providing take-home meals to its constituents in Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties, in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • Meals on Wheels home-delivery will continue uninterrupted using a non-contact delivery method.
  • For up-to-date information on what is happening at Meals on Wheels People during this health emergency, call their COVID-19 Hotline at 503.953.8158.
  • Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon has information on statewide senior meal access and delivery.
  • Meals are available to people regardless of immigration status.

  • We, along with the Oregon Hunger Task Force, hosted an Emergency Webinar: Creating Food Access in a Pandemic on Thursday, March 19, 12:00 – 1:00 pm PST. With schools closed and jobs suspended due to coronavirus, Oregonians are finding ourselves not only in the midst of an urgent public health crisis, but also wondering how we will put food on the table. This webinar invited anti-hunger organizations, direct service nonprofits, community groups, and individuals to gather online to share information, identify problems, build solutions, and coordinate our efforts. The recording is available here.
  • As a response to COVID-19, Familias en Acción is sharing food resources available for the Latinx Community. They are hosting webinars in the coming weeks, to learn together how to access food during this pandemic. These webinars will be in Spanish. For more information and to register, please contact Alejandra Gurrola at [email protected]
  • We have compiled information on employment and bill resources, including unemployment benefits, utilities and day care resources.  Read more here.
  • Oregon Employment Department has put together this quick checklist for unemployment eligibility. Learn more about unemployment benefits at their page here.
  • Oregon Department of Education Early Learning Division has put together this quick guide to getting child care if you are an essential worker.
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s (OR-3) office has put together a comprehensive spreadsheet of emergency relief resources in the Portland metro area. Access that here.
  • Project Access NOW is providing support to those seeking health coverage in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties. Get help with healthcare access here.
  • Oregon Law Center has created this comprehensive document on stimulus payments from the CARES Act, including information on eligibility and how non-filers can apply.
  • Oregon Department of Human Services has put together this overview of frequently asked questions on stimulus checks  Note: The stimulus check is considered a tax rebate and does not count against TANF or SNAP eligibility.

We are working on finding out more and will share more with you. Use 211 to stay up to date.

Ways to Take Action

  • Our partners at Oregon Center for Public Policy have created an action alert to tell Congress that as the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic intensifies, we need a bold economic recovery package from the federal government. Take action here.
  • Look up how your local school is feeding kids during the closure. Thank them. Spread the word. Share feedback. Let them know they can apply for a grant from our Emergency Support Fund if they’re struggling to reach all kids who ate free school meals.
  • Support EVERYONE’S right to be free from hunger. Causa has made it easy to tell your state legislators to support the Oregon Worker Relief Fund Proposal to provide financial relief to Oregonians who cannot access public benefits, like unemployment insurance. Also Voz has put together an Emergency Solidarity Worker Fund to ensure worker access to medical care, sick leave, good hygiene, mental health, housing, and food security. Please donate and support workers.

211info can help you find services and answer your questions about Coronavirus

CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155
TEXT your zip code to 898211 (TXT211)
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How is COVID19 impacting your life? Know of other resources we should add to this page? 


Need an Advocate

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon provides technical support to our partners in the community who serve Oregon's at-risk families. Whether you're just getting started tackling a local community problem, or trying to improve an existing program, we're here to help.

SNAP (Food Stamps)

Would you like assistance with outreach strategies or to set up an informational SNAP presentation at your community site? Our SNAP outreach team can tailor a presentation or training to fit your needs.

Contact
Angelita Morillo,
Policy Advocate
[email protected]

Child Nutritional Programs

Are you looking to start, expand, or support a children’s meal program in your community? Our team can help you find the information and resources you need.

Contact
Alison Killeen
Team Support Strategist
[email protected]

Community Organizers and Advocates

If you’re looking for resources to mobilize your community’s residents to fight hunger from a grassroots level, we can help you get started.

Contact
Ariana Organiz
Community Organizer, Community Food Justice
[email protected]

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Presente una solicitud para el SNAP

¿Está buscando recursos que le ayuden a comprar alimentos? El Programa de Asistencia para Nutrición Suplementaria (SNAP, por sus siglas en inglés) le ayuda a mantener alimentos sanos sobre la mesa para que no tenga que elegir entre cosas como medicamentos, renta o alimentos. Presentar una solicitud es fácil; desplácese hacia abajo para descubrir cómo.

Elegibilidad

La elegibilidad se basa en el ingreso mensual. Esto incluye ingresos del trabajo e ingresos no derivados del trabajo, tales como seguro social, discapacidad, manutención de menores y más. Para la mayoría de los residentes de Oregon, los recursos como una casa, coche o dinero en el banco NO cuentan en contra de la elegibilidad. Usted puede recibir SNAP si está trabajando, recibiendo prestaciones por desempleo o yendo a la escuela. Hay algunos grupos de personas que tienen consideraciones adicionales para presentar la solicitud del SNAP. Puede encontrar más información sobre la elegibilidad del SNAP para estudiantes de educación superior, adultos entre 18 y 50 años de edad que no tienen niños y adultos mayores en el sitio web del DHS:

Lineamientos de ingresos familiares de Oregon 2018*

185 % del Nivel Federal de Pobreza


Personas en la familia

Anual

Mensual

Semanal


1

$22,464

$1,872

$431.05


2

$30,456

$2,538

$586.45


3

$38,448

$3,204

$740.00

*Las cantidades mensuales aumentan $666 por cada persona adicional. Los lineamientos de ingresos en otros estados pueden ser diferentes.

Cómo presentar la solicitud para el SNAP

PASO 1

Complete una solicitud.

OPCIÓN 1

Imprima y llene una solicitud del SNAP, y entréguela en su oficina local del SNAP del DHS.

OPCIÓN 2

Llame a una oficina del SNAP del DHS y pida que le envíen una solicitud por correo postal para llenarla y devolverla.

OPCIÓN 3

Visite una oficina del SNAP del DHS y recoja, llene y devuelva una solicitud impresa. La mayoría de las oficinas ofrecen servicio el mismo día o al siguiente día para las entrevistas.

PASO 2

Un trabajador de elegibilidad del SNAP se reunirá con usted, ya sea en persona o por teléfono.

Usted necesitará proporcionar lo siguiente:

A. Identificación (por ejemplo, una licencia de manejo)
B. Números del Seguro Social de todas las personas que están presentando una solicitud (no se requieren las tarjetas originales)
C. Comprobante de ingresos de los últimos 30 días (como comprobantes de cheque)
D. Para las personas que no son ciudadanas: comprobante del estado migratorio legal de los miembros del grupo familiar que están solicitando beneficios

PASO 3

Una vez que reciba su tarjeta de Beneficios por Transferencia Electrónica (EBT, por sus siglas en inglés) del SNAP, recibirá un folleto que le explicará cómo usarla para comprar alimentos.

Importante

Los adultos mayores y las personas con discapacidades pueden iniciar el proceso de solicitud con tan solo llamar a su Oficina local de Servicios para Adultos Mayores. Las entrevistas pueden realizarse por teléfono, en una oficina, en una visita domiciliaria o a través de un representante designado.

Encuentre la oficina del SNAP más cercana

Marque 2-1-1 o visite el sitio web del DHS

¿Tiene más preguntas?

Caroline Pope
Especialista en Acceso a Alimentos y SNAP
971-266-2903, [email protected]


Other Programs

We network with a wide range of organizations that help connect Oregonians to immediate food, health, and social services in addition to our work with SNAP and school meals.

Find a Food Helper

Food Pantries are charitable distribution agencies that provide Oregonians with food and grocery products for home preparation and consumption. Providing food on the spot for those that qualify, food pantries can help with both emergency needs and the regular supply of food to supplement sustainable solutions such as SNAP and School Meals.

FIND A FOOD PANTRY NEAR YOU

211- Info - A guide to health and social services available in Oregon and SW Washington

Sometimes we need more than food. In fact food insecurity is inextricably linked with issues like housing, healthcare, employment training and other programs that help Oregonians lead hunger-free lives.

CONNECT WITH 211

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides additional resources to prevent hunger. WIC supports good health and nutrition for low-income women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and for children under the age of five.

FIND A WIC CLINIC OR STORE

Further Assistance Through the Oregon Department of Human Services

The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) is the principal government human services agency of Oregon. ODHS helps Oregonians achieve wellbeing and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity. ODHS helps with food benefits, housing, foster care, development disabilities, senior services and many others.

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Free School Meals

Schools across Oregon provide critical nutrition to hundreds of thousands of students each year.

School meal eligibility has changed

During the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of students in Oregon and across the country received universal free meals at school. A variety of federal waivers meant every student could receive free breakfast and lunch during the pandemic.

These pandemic waivers have ended, however, a new Oregon law expanding school meals has come online. The changes in federal and state law will play out differently at different schools and for different families.

Over 300,000 Oregon kids are eligible for free or reduced-price meals through the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program, but less than half of eligible students participate.

Help spread the word encouraging families to apply for free school meals.

  1. Share this one-pager, “Why Parents Should Fill Out the School Meals Family Income Form“, available in Vietnamese, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Japanese, English and Russian.
  2. Check out this video on school meals for the 2022-23 school year and how to apply.
  3. Watch the recording of our free webinar, “Big Changes in Oregon School Meal Eligibility“.

Can My Children Get Free School Meals?

Your children can get free school meals in different ways. Some ways are automatic and will be described below, but they don’t apply to all families.

The most important thing you can do is fill out a form about family income that your children’s school should send home at the beginning of the school year called the “Oregon Confidential Household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals.” Be sure to fill out that form and be sure your child returns it to the school. (You can also fill out a new form if your family income goes down.) If your child did not bring home this form and they are not already receiving free meals, ask your school for a copy of the form. You can also submit the form directly online in English or Spanish.

More Children Can Get Free Meals

In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed a law dramatically increasing the number of children who qualify for free  school meals at public schools in Oregon, giving families the extra support they need for their student’s success. This law was delayed because of COVID but went into effect for the 2022-23 school year.

Which means, your children may now be able to get free school meals, even if they didn’t before the pandemic. Who is eligible for free meals depends on family income. Below shows the limits for the 2022-23 school year.

More Info about Applying

School Year 2022-2023 Income Eligibility Guidelines

If your household income is at or below the limits on the chart below, your children can receive free school meals if they attend a public school, a public charter and an Education Service District program. (Lower income levels apply to private schools.)

Immigration status is not considered when applying for free school meals. Free school meals is NOT a factor in a public charge test.


Receive other federal benefits

Children can receive free school meals if their households receive benefits, regardless of the amount, from:

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)


Other Eligibility Circumstances

Children may also receive free meals if:

  • They participate in Head Start or
  • Are in Foster Care

Finally, children can also be eligible if they:  

  • Are homeless or have runaway, or 
  • Are a migrant.

Your child’s school district will have a staff member who will help determine whether your child falls into any of these categories.

How to Apply

Families must submit a new application to receive Free and Reduced Price school meals every year, unless the school has already told you that your child is eligible for the new school year. Typically, it is the Head of Household that completes and signs the application. A household is a group of related or nonrelated individuals who are living as one economic unit. (This does not include boarding houses or institutions.)

We encourage you to apply. You can apply any time of the year, not just at the start of school. If your household income goes down during the year or if you are temporarily unemployed, your children may become eligible for free school meals, even if you received a denial earlier that school year.

STEP 1

You can submit an application in one of two ways:

Through your local School District: you should receive information on the Free and Reduced Price meal application at the beginning of the school year. If you have not received this information, contact your local school office to ask about the school meals application or visit their website. Paper applications are available from your school district in Chinese, Russian, Somali, Vietnamese, Spanish, and English.

OR

Through the Oregon Department of Education’s online application (available in English and Spanish)

Apply now

STEP 2

Your eligibility is determined. You should receive one or two Eligibility Notification Letters from your school or school district stating whether your student has been approved or denied for the Free and Reduced Price school meal benefit. You could receive:

  • A letter saying that children in your household are eligible for free federal meals.
  • You may receive a letter saying that you are not eligible for free federal meals. If you received such a letter, you’re also not eligible for the Oregon EIG program (but no second letter will be sent out)
  • If your children go to public schools, you could in fact receive TWO letters. You could receive one letter saying that your children are not eligible for free meals under the federal school meals program BUT you also get a second letter saying that your children will receive free meals under Oregon’s Expanded Income Eligibility (EIG) program.  


STEP 3

Your student can start accessing free school breakfast, lunch and afterschool snacks.

Families who don’t qualify to receive the Free and Reduced Price school meal benefit based on their income are still welcome and encouraged to buy school meals, and can pay for them by contacting their school.

Did you know, most schools offer several programs to ensure eligible children can access nutritional meals in school. Meal programs include:

The Oregon Department of Education administers these programs through the Child Nutrition Programs department, working with the nutrition staff of each individual school. Participation allows schools to receive reimbursement for each breakfast, lunch, supper or snack served. In return, schools serve nutritious meals that meet USDA standards.

In Oregon, all children who would qualify for reduced-price meals now receive them for free, thanks to additional state funding. To learn about additional advocacy areas related to school meals, visit our Hunger Free Schools page.

Have more questions about Free and Reduced Price meal eligibility? 

Contact ODE's Child School Nutrition Programs by Email: ODE School Nutrition or Phone: 503-947-5894. Or contact us (Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon) at: [email protected]


Apply for SNAP

Looking for resources to help afford groceries? SNAP helps you keep healthy food on the table, so you don't have to choose between things like medicine, rent or food. Applying is easy, scroll down to find out how.

SNAP income guidelines have changed - now people can qualify with higher incomes. See table below.

Eligibility

Eligibility is based mostly on monthly income. That includes earned income from work, as well as unearned income such as social security, disability, child support and more. For most Oregonians, resources such as a house, car or money in the bank do NOT count against eligibility. You may be able to get SNAP if you are working, receiving unemployment, or attending school. There are a few groups of people that have additional considerations when applying for SNAP. Find more information about SNAP eligibility for students of higher education, adults without children ages 18 to 50, and older adults below:

2022 Oregon Household Income Guidelines*


Persons in Family

Annual

Monthly

Weekly


1

$27,180

$2,265

$522.69


2

$36,624

$3,052

$704.31


3

$46,068

$3,839

$885.92


4

$55,500

$4,625

$1067.30

*Monthly amounts go up by $787 for each additional person. Income guidelines in other states may be different.

Income Guidelines effective 4/1/2022 – 3/31/2023

How to Apply for SNAP

STEP 1

Complete an application.

OPTION 1

Complete an online application. If you need assistance completing your online application, call 1-855-626-2050 (toll-free), Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm. The online application is currently only available in English and Spanish.

OPTION 2

Fill out and submit a SNAP application by email. Links to PDF applications in the following languages, many of them are fillable: English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Somali, Arabic, Burmese, Nepali, English-Large Print, and Spanish-Large Print.

Submit by email at [email protected]

Applications can also be printed and turned in at your DHS SNAP office.

OPTION 3

Call a DHS SNAP office to apply over the phone or have them mail you an application to complete and return.

OPTION 4

Visit a DHS SNAP office and pick up, fill out, and turn in a paper application. Most offices are offering same day or next day service for interviews.

STEP 2

A SNAP eligibility worker will meet with you either in person or over the phone.

You will need to provide:

A. Identification (such as a driver’s license)
B. Social Security numbers for everyone applying (original cards not required)
C. Proof of income for the last 30 days (such as check stubs)
D. For non-citizens, proof of the lawful immigrant status of household members seeking benefits

STEP 3

Once you receive your SNAP EBT card, you will be provided with a brochure on how to use it to purchase food.

Please Note

Older adults and people with disabilities can start the application process by simply calling their local Senior Service Office. Interviews can be done over the phone, in an office, home visit, or through an appointed representative.

Apply Online

Find your Nearest SNAP Office

Call 2-1-1 or visit the DHS website

Have Questions?

Contact Diana Rojas (hablo español)
211info Food Program Coordinator and SNAP Advocate
971-266-2903; [email protected]


SNAP Match at Farmers Markets

Get more out of your SNAP benefits!

Find Your Market

Stretch your SNAP benefits by shopping for fresh foods at your local matching farmers market!

While most of Oregon Farmers markets accept SNAP benefits (also known as Food Stamps, EBT or Oregon Trail), many also offer a matching program, which doubles SNAP purchases dollar for dollar up to a certain amount – meaning you could get $10 worth of food for only $5 from your SNAP account.

To learn more about starting a SNAP incentive program at your local market, visit Oregon Farmers Markets Association for a planning guide. Thank you to our partners Farmers Market Fund and Oregon Farmers Market Association for help with compiling the information below–check them out for more information on farmers markets in Oregon.

Want to start a SNAP incentive program at your local market?

Visit Oregon Farmers Markets Association for a planning guide

Learn More

Learn more about SNAP at farmers markets

Read our latest blog post on the topic

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Find your farmers market today!

Find a participating farmers' market on the list from Double Up Food Bucks

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Double Up Food Bucks at grocery stores, too!

The Double Up Food Bucks program keeps growing in Oregon and you can now double up on fruits and vegetables at 100 locations across the state, including over 20 participating grocery stores.

Grocery stores distribute Double Up Food Bucks incentives when you purchase fruits and vegetables. Double Up Food Bucks is distributed through a receipt printed coupon or customer loyalty account, that can then be used at your next visit for free fruits and vegetables. Currently, Double Up incentives can only be used at the grocery store where they were issued.  Contact your local store to learn more about how to earn and redeem Double Up where you shop.

Learn more at https://doubleuporegon.org/grocery-stores/

Please Note

Each market has guidelines for how the matching dollars can be used. Ask market staff or volunteers for details. Check each farmers market’s website for more details on their particular matching programs, as details may vary.