Older Populations

Older adults (60+) have the lowest SNAP participation rate in Oregon and across the country. Help more older adults connect to food assistance!

There are many reasons older adults participate at lower rates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Barriers like not knowing what the program is and that it provides food assistance, misinformation about eligibility, difficulties with navigating the application process, or stigma affect older adult access. However Oregon has done a lot to simplify the application process, expand eligibility, and increase older adult access to SNAP.

How to Apply

The general application process and eligibility guidelines for older adults is the same as is found on our Apply for SNAP page

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.

Older Adult SNAP Details

When applying for SNAP, older adults have different options to consider with their application. Anyone who is at least 60 years old or has a disability can claim out of pocket medical costs on their SNAP application, which may mean they can qualify for more benefits; proof of these costs is required. Learn more about what are considered out-of-pocket medical expenses.

If an older adult lives with family they may be able to apply for SNAP on their own even if they are unable to purchase and prepare meals separately because of mobility difficulties. For those that may have trouble getting to the store, a trusted person is allowed to use their SNAP benefits for them. To make this happen, an alternate payee form can be filled out and turned in with an application or at any time.

For some older adults (65+) in Oregon, that live in Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah and Washington Counties they can receive their SNAP benefits as a direct deposit, check or on an EBT card which allows for ease of use.

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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Outreach and Resources

explains the program and addresses common misconceptions:

  • SNAP is there when you need help buying food. Similar to social security, you have already paid into the program with your tax dollars, so it is there for you if you come across hard times.
  • Many Oregonians use SNAP. There is enough for all who are eligible.
  • SNAP is easy to use.
  • SNAP helps the economy.

including organizations that provide application assistance, grocery delivery or other food and assistance programs:


November Breakfast Challenge

School breakfast makes me feel brave

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon has launched Let’s Do Breakfast, Oregon!, in partnership with the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council and the Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs, to encourage schools to increase school breakfast participation by serving breakfast in the most effective ways: after the bell and at no charge to students.

In the fall of 2018, we are kicking off the fourth annual November School Breakfast Challenge to support schools working to boost their breakfast participation!

Up to 100 schools will receive materials and incentives and will have the opportunity to win cash prizes for increasing participation.

Grants for School Nutrition Programs are available for schools implementing changes to their breakfast program. Visit our grant opportunities page to learn more.

Over 310,000 Children

Over 310,000 Children

are eligible for free school breakfast, but only about 110,000 participate.

are eligible for free school breakfast, but only about 110,000 participate.

Help us connect more kids to school breakfast through the work of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

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2017 November School Breakfast Challenge Results!

We are pleased to announce the winners of 2017 November School Breakfast Challenge. Thank you and congratulations to the 81 schools that participated and for your dedication to meeting the nutritional needs of thousands of Oregon students.

Together, Breakfast Challenge schools achieved big results:

  • 10,775 kids ate breakfast each day in November
  • 14 percent increase from 2016, that’s over 1,300 more kids connected
  • 63 percent of schools boosted their breakfast numbers

Special congratulations to our winning schools! By offering breakfast in the classroom, second chance breakfast, and killer breakfast menus, these schools showed the greatest expansion from last school year. Collectively, they made sure that 400 more students will start the day ready to learn.

  • 1st PLACE – McNary Heights Elementary, Umatilla School District
  • 2nd PLACE – Baker Middle, Baker School District
  • 3rd PLACE – Fullerton IV Elementary, Roseburg School District
  • 4th PLACE – Lake Creek Learning Center, Jackson County School District

Every school day, over 410,000 school breakfasts and lunches are served in Oregon, that’s no small feat. We value and recognize school nutrition professionals and aim to support them in connecting more families to these important nutrition programs.

The November School Breakfast Challenge is an effort by Let’s Do Breakfast, Oregon!, a partnership between Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, and Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs. Learn more or please contact us for ideas and resources to increase school breakfast participation at your school.

Check out the 2017 NSBC Highlights Report

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For More Information

Contact Steve Wytcherley
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (503) 595-5501, ext. 302


SNAP Outreach Strategies

There are many ways to reach Oregonians with information about SNAP. You can help spread the word about this vital food assistance program through SNAP outreach.

SNAP Outreach Basics

SNAP outreach is grounded in positive messaging that shares the basics of the program, provides eligibility information, addresses misconceptions, and helps direct people to easy ways to apply. It answers the questions: what is SNAP, who qualifies, and how to apply.

Effective SNAP outreach strategies reach people where they are already accessing information or resources. This can look like posting outreach materials in public settings, having volunteers in a food pantry share SNAP information, screening for food insecurity in a clinic setting and providing SNAP referral information, or connecting people to SNAP as part of an intake process when someone is accessing other support programs like energy assistance or school meals. Trusted community groups and individuals can help lower stigma and connect people to SNAP through simple actions that have a powerful impact.

HOW TO APPLY FOR SNAP
DOWNLOAD SNAP RESOURCES

Learn more about SNAP

We know that it can feel daunting to share about SNAP especially when it seems like there’s a lot of information to convey. That’s why we provide in-person and online trainings. Our trainings address the basics of the program, navigating the application process, eligibility guidelines, effective outreach strategies, and how to provide application assistance in a simple way that helps you focus on the key information you need to know. Reach out to us if you are interested!

CONNECT WITH 211

Underserved Populations

Outreach can focus on specific population groups that have lower SNAP participation rates. In particular, older adults, students of higher education, single adults 18 to 50 without children, and families with mixed immigration status participate at lower rates. This can be because of barriers like additional eligibility requirements or misinformation, difficulties with navigating the application process, stigma, or many other reasons.

One way to address barriers is to learn about the specific eligibility requirements that certain groups, like students and single adults 18 to 50, may need to meet. Another is to provide application assistance to people who may need extra help applying for SNAP, such as older adults.

Learn more about addressing SNAP eligibility and access for:

Find Support

We offer technical assistance and guidance with outreach strategies, resources and materials, and SNAP information.

We help individuals navigate their SNAP case if they encounter any issues or if they think a wrong eligibility decision was made.

Learn from others that conduct SNAP outreach throughout Oregon. Join O-SNAP, a statewide outreach listserv, participate in-person meetings or trainings, and get referrals to organizations doing this work in your area.

Connect with our SNAP outreach team

Chloe Eberhardt
Senior Program Manager, SNAP
Email: [email protected]
503-595-5501 Ext. 308

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Summer Meals Support Fund

Need help starting a program in your community?

In 2008 Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon started the annual Summer Meals Support Fund. Now in its ninth year, we have provided small grants and technical assistance to over 150 unique organizations, awarding over $674,000 in awards. Grant funds support new and existing programs with equipment purchases, staffing, transportation costs, and activity and outreach supplies.

Grants are awarded up to $5,000 per program. Last year Lake Health District were among those supported, serving as a new Summer Food Service Program sponsor. With tremendous help from community volunteers, the health district served more than 2,300 meals this summer at five sites in southwest Lake County.

TESTIMONIAL

“It feels really special to have given them an outlet over the summer to grow, learn, explore, eat a nutritious meal, and enjoy the summer as all kids should have the opportunity to do.”

–Rachelle Hanson, Ford Corps Member, Lake Health District 2017.

The 2018 Summer Meals Support Fund

Applications open each year in March through April. Stay tuned for next year’s dates. For more information to prepare for next year, download the following resources.

This summer we awarded 13 grants to communities across the state


B’nai Brith Camp Associaton

(Lincoln City)

Boys and Girls Club
of Western Treasure Valley

(Ontario)

Family YMCA

(Grants Pass)

Food For Lane County

(Eugene)

Gervais School District

(Gervais)

Homes For Good

(Eugene)

Innovative Housing Inc.

(Portland)

John Day Canyon Parks and Recreation

(John Day)

Lake Health District

(Lakeview)

Lowell School District

(Lowell)

Neighbors For Kids

(Depoe Bay)

Portland Parks and Recreation

(Portland)

South Umpqua School District

(Roseburg)

Have Questions?

Contact Steve Wytcherley at  [email protected]

Learn More About Summer Meals

Good Nutrition Makes a Difference

Learn more about school meals
VISIT SCHOOL MEALS

Good nutrition makes a difference

Learn more about school meals
VISIT SCHOOL MEALS


Summer Meals

Thousands of Oregon children participate in school meals during the school year.

The Summer Food Service Program(SFSP) provides funds for organizations to continue to serve meals to children during the summer when school is not in session. Funding is provided by the USDA.

Community summer meal programs are open to all families and don’t ask for any paperwork- kids can just drop in. Programs with meals are offered at many different types of places, including schools, parks, community centers and faith-based organizations. Many offer fun activities that help kids stay active and keep learning during the summer when school is out.

Want to find a site near you?

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is available in hundreds of communities throughout Oregon, offering free meals and snacks to all kids ages 1-18. Community summer meal programs are open to all families without paperwork or signing up – kids can just drop in. Many programs also offer fun activities so kids can stay active and keep learning. This year there are over 800 sites across Oregon, available to any child – no paperwork or sign up needed!

Use the Summer Meals map search to find a site near you.

Find Summer Meals

Start a Program

The Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs (ODE CNP) team can help communities and programs get started with summer meals. Visit their website for information and training, and contact Dustin Melton, Child Nutrition Program Specialist with ODE CNP at [email protected] or 503-947-5901.

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon can also help answer questions and connect programs to resources:

Support Summer Meals

Many families have never heard of the Summer Food Service Program, or don’t know it’s open to all children and teens 1-18 years old. Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon help connect interested individuals to Summer Meals.

You can help parents and kids know about this important resource by donating to our work.

Donate

Outreach and Program Assistance

Hunger harms us all as a society, but it impacts some of us in Oregon far more than others.

Through our summer meal outreach, we work with the Oregon Department of Education and other partners to identify communities that lack summer food programs, help get programs up and running, and increase awareness of meal sites among the public.

We document and share best practices through a variety of marketing, outreach and technical assistance resources, and an annual Child Hunger Prevention Conference and state and local summer meal workgroups. We also provide small grants to help expand access to programs.

WHEN SPREADING THE WORD

please be sure to include the following information

“Each Summer, free healthy meals are available to all children and teens 1-18 years old. To find the nearest summer meal site, visit SummerFoodOregon.org, call 2-1-1, or text “food”to 877-877.”

Advocacy

We identify opportunities for Summer Food Service Program improvement through our work with providers here in Oregon and monitoring efforts of other states. We advocate for these improvements through state and federal policy change, like Federal Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

Have Questions?

To learn more about how you can support summer meals, contact Lizzie Martinez at 503-595-5501 x300 or [email protected].


College Students

More college students than ever are struggling with hunger. SNAP is a resource that can help. Students 18-49 who attend higher education at least half-time may be eligible for SNAP by meeting income guidelines and additional criteria.

Income

Those who fall below Oregon’s income guidelines may be eligible for SNAP


Persons in Family

Annual

Monthly

Weekly


1

$22,464

$1,872

$431.05


2

$30,456

$2,538

$586.45


3

$38,448

$3,204

$740.00

*Students attending class less than half time and those age 50+ do not need to meet additional criteria, only income.

Additional Criteria

Students who meet income guidelines may qualify if they meet one or more of the following criteria

  • Paid employee working an average of 20 hours a week
  • Self employed at least 20 hours each week and have a countable monthly income of at least $1247 after business costs
  • Working in a federally funded work-study program at any number of hours
  • Responsible for the care of a child (age requirements apply)
  • Recieving TANF
  • In a Workforce Investment Act training program
  • Receiving Unemployment Compensation
  • Participating in at least one Employment Department training program
  • Unable to work due to physical or physiological difficulties

Other Factors Affecting Eligibility

  • Students cannot be participating in any school meal plan.
  • Students on a break from school must still meet student criteria.
  • Students under the age of 22 who still live with their family must apply with their family.
  • Financial aid recieved through the Veterans Administration or private scholarships count as income.

Note: federal financial aid including Pell grants, Perkins loans, Stafford loans and most work-study is not counted as income against student eligibility. Students may defer federal student loan payments while receiving SNAP benefits without incurring interest charges.

APPLY FOR SNAP

How to use SNAP once you are approved

SNAP benefits will be made available to you on a monthly basis. Funds appear on your Oregon Trail EBT card, which looks and works like a debit card. You swipe it as you would a debit card, select “EBT” as the payment method, and enter the pin # that was assigned to you. No one except the cashier will know that it is an EBT card.

Learn how to make the most of your SNAP

Visit SNAP-Ed Connection

Additional Resources

DHS Student SNAP Eligibility

VIEW

Student Eligibility Flyer

VIEW

Student Eligibility Flyer – Spanish

VIEW

Have Questions?

Please Contact Caroline Pope, 211 Info, Food Access and SNAP Specialist, 971-266-2903, [email protected]


Outreach Overview

Helping Oregonians put food on the table

Everyone has a right to food. At Partners for a Hunger-­Free Oregon, we are working toward a day when our state is hunger-­free; when every Oregonian ­- from kids to adults to seniors – is healthy and thriving because they have access to affordable, nourishing food.

A cornerstone of our work is to design and implement projects that connect Oregonians at risk of hunger to the federal nutrition programs available, helping people with the ability to purchase food and access prepared meals for children within the school environment and during summer break.

This network of programs makes up the safety-net that prevents hunger reduces poverty for many people in our country. We work with partners across the state to ensure everyone has access to these resources, using outreach to close the gap.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP is a federal program that focuses on putting healthy and nutritious food within reach for low income Oregonians. The program has been a tremendous success in reducing childhood hunger and malnutrition. Currently, more than 26 million Americans, including over 600,000 Oregonians, receive SNAP benefits each month.

SNAP benefits, provided on the Oregon Trail card, create a positive ripple effect in society, and are as essential today as they were when the program began. Families, older adults, people with disabilities, and hard-working Oregonians are able to get the support they need to stay in school, keep their jobs, and keep food on the table.

Since our inception in 2006, PHFO has designed and implemented projects that improve program access through effective communication, outreach and application assistance for eligible Oregonians. We provide trainings to community partners who are interested in connecting people to SNAP, and work closely with partners across the state to improve services for all.

School Meals

Through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Department, several nutrition programs are available that provide healthy food to children in school.

Administered by the Oregon Department of Education, these programs make available breakfast, lunch, in-school snacks, and after school meals and snacks for all children.

Some children are eligible for these services at not cost to the parents, and others can access meals through paying a small fee.

These programs help prevent hunger and obesity, and give students the best opportunity to make the most of learning. Approximately 315,000 students across Oregon are eligible for free or reduced price meals, however only about 210,000 access lunch, and 110,000 access breakfast in school.

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon designs and implements projects that focus on closing the gap between the number of children that are eligible, and the number of eligible children accessing free or reduced cost meals in school.

Connecting students to these available resources early on ensures that they are able to grow up happy and healthy!

Summer Meals When School is Out

Thousands of Oregon children participate in school nutrition during the school year. Through the USDA, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides funds for organizations to serve meals to children during the summer when school is not in session.

Of the 315,000+ children eligible for free or reduced price meals in school, only about 35,000 access free meals through the summer, leaving a huge gap of kids who are faced with hunger through a time of year that is supposed to be about fun in the sun!

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education, designs programs and interventions to increase the number of sites serving summer meals, increasing the availability of free summer meals to communities that rely on them.

We focus on providing statewide program outreach, technical assistance and grant funding to local communities starting new or expanding existing services.

Help connect communities and families to Summer Meals

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SNAP Overview

SNAP Helps Oregonians

Did you know that more than half of all Americans will use SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps,) at least once in their lifetime? Currently more that 680,000 Oregonians-1 in 6-receive SNAP. This impacts Oregon in 3 important ways:

  • It immediately puts food on the table
  • It stabilizes the family budget
  • It brings more than $1 billion federal tax dollars back into the state. Each $1 creates a $1.70 in local economic activity, helping to support local grocers and farmers

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (PHFO) works with local communities and statewide leaders to improve the program at many levels through identifying access barriers, implementing new policies, and increasing participation statewide. We focus on strategies to increase access and participation of underserved populations including older adults and students. Our outreach staff travel across the state providing training, tools, outreach materials, and support to community partners.

Apply for SNAP

You may be able to get SNAP if you are working, receiving unemployment, or attending school. See if you are eligible and learn how to apply.

Apply Today

SNAP Time Limits

There are new time limits for some SNAP participants in Oregon. These time limits are for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) and affect SNAP participants in Benton, Clackamas, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill Counties.

Learn more

SNAP for Older Adults

Older adults (60+) have the lowest SNAP participation rate in Oregon and across the country. Help more older adults connect to food assistance!

Learn More

Additional SNAP Information

Learn More About SNAP Outreach

Dive into our online SNAP training modules

See SNAP training

Get Outreach Materials

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (PHFO) and DHS produce original materials for SNAP Outreach.

Get Outreach Materials

SNAP for College Students

Students of higher education 18-49 need to have additional requirements for SNAP eligibility.

Learn More

Get Program Assistance

Outreach support, presentations, & information for your community.

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Match SNAP Benefits at Farmers Markets

Eat locally and match your SNAP benefits at these farmers markets around Oregon!

Find Your Market

Need to Speak to Someone at DHS?

Find the contact information of your local branch office.

Find DHS Contact Info


ABAWDS

Impact on able-bodied adults without dependents

There are new time limits for some SNAP participants in Oregon. These time limits are for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) and affect SNAP participants in Benton, Clackamas, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill Counties. These rules are new starting January 1, 2018 in Benton, Lane, Marion, and Yamhill Counties. Individuals considered “ABAWDs” may only receive SNAP benefits for a total of three full months within a 3 year period—unless the person meets an “exemption” or complies with certain work requirements.

Who Is Affected?

Anyone who can answer YES to all of the following questions:

  • Currently receiving SNAP benefits?
  • Live in Benton, Clackamas, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, Washington or Yamhill Counties?
  • Between the ages of 18 and 50?
  • Do NOT have a child under the age of 18 living with you?

Who Is Not Affected?

Even if you are considered an “ABAWD” you may not be subject to the time limits and work requirements. Many people meet exemptions which are listed below, but be sure to contact the Department of Human Services (DHS) to report your exemption reason.

  • Working 30 hours or more per week or earning at least $935.25 a month.
  • Self-employed and earning at least $935.25 a month, if there are no costs for the business. If there are business costs, earnings need to be at least $1,870.50 a month.
  • Receiving a disability-based benefit (SSI, VA pension, Worker Comp)
  • Physical or mental health limits your ability to work (you may be asked for verification, which can be provided by a wide range of health care providers including psychologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, etc.)

  • You are a refugee and working with a federal refugee resettlement program.
  • Receiving—or have applied for— Unemployment Insurance (UI)
  • Participating in a drug or alcohol treatment program (inpatient or outpatient).
  • Student enrolled at least half time in a high school or college (special rules may apply)
  • Live in a household with any child under 18. Does not need to be your child, but child must be on your SNAP case.
  • Pregnant—at any stage of pregnancy
  • Providing care for an incapacitated or disabled person that limits your ability to work (you do not need to be living with this person).

Take a short quiz to learn if you are exempt from the time limits.

Take The Quiz

Contact DHS

to report if you meet an exemption

  • Benton County
    541-757-5082
  • Clackamas County
    503-731-4777
  • Marion County
    503-373-7512
  • Multnomah County
    971-673-2422 or 971-673-2333
  • Washington County
    503-693-4769
  • Yamhill County
    503-373-7512

Local offices in Lane County:

  • Cottage Grove
    541-942-9186
  • Florence
    541-997-8251
  • McKenzie Center
    541-686-7878
  • Springfield
    541-726-3525
  • West Eugene
    541-686-7722

How can I meet the work requirement?

If not exempt, there are multiple ways a person considered an ABAWD could meet the SNAP work requirements, including:

  1. Working for pay, or goods and services, at least 80 hours per month—an average of 20 hours per week
  2. Participating in an eligible work training program for at least 20 hours per week
  3. Volunteering with a non-profit or faith-based organization on a regular basis at least 80 hours per month—an average of 20 hours per week.
  4. Participating in Workfare (see below for more information about this)
  5. Participating in a program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
  6. Participating in a displaced worker program under section 236 of the Trade Act of 1974 or,
  7. Searching for work for up to nine hours per week combined with other work activities for a total of 20 hours per week

Meet with WorkSource Oregon

After contacting your local DHS office, you will receive a letter from DHS with instructions about work requirements and connecting with WorkSource Oregon. You will need to attend a work orientation or meet one-on-one with a case manager at a WorkSource office in order for certain work activities to count for meeting your requirements to continue receiving food assistance. If you have not received this letter, contact your local DHS office. More information about the work requirements and the process at WorkSource can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • “Workfare” is unpaid or volunteer work that takes place at a DHS designated non-profit.
  • The number of workfare volunteer hours required is 20 hours/month, which is 5 hours/week.
  • The community organization needs to be an official “workfare” site for a volunteer to utilize this option and fulfill the ABAWD work requirements.
  • Connect with DHS and/or WorkSource about workfare options.

A person can claim “good cause” for not meeting the work or community service hours if they were sick, transportation broke down or there was bad weather that shut down the workplace. As long as someone has a job or community service slot but missed work hours for reasons “beyond their control,” DHS should accept this as “good cause” and not terminate the SNAP benefits. If this is the case, please report this to DHS and/or WorkSource.

If a person does not have an exemption, after receiving the initial three months worth of SNAP benefits, a person may qualify for a second three-month period of SNAP. Certain criteria must be met, such as having worked 80 hours for one month or moving from a waived area, for this one-time extra three months of SNAP benefits. A person may also re-qualify for SNAP, if they have lost benefits because of not meeting ABAWDs requirements, by becoming exempt, such as becoming newly pregnant, or meeting work requirements.

YES! If DHS terminates SNAP benefits for any reason including alleged failure to meet the new work/volunteer requirements or denies an exemption, DHS must send a written notice stating the reasons why. If you feel the decision is incorrect, you have 90 days from the date of the notice to request a hearing, and can request continuing benefits until the hearing is held. You can contact a local DHS office to request a hearing, or go to www.OregonLawHelp.org for more information on hearing rights.

Resources

Portland Metro (Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties)English and Spanish(español) (1/18) [PDF, 444 KB]

Benton CountyEnglish and Spanish (español) (11/17) [PDF, 444 KB]

Lane CountyEnglish and Spanish (español) (11/17) [PDF, 444 KB]

Marion CountyEnglish and Spanish (español) (11/17) [PDF, 444 KB]

Yamhill CountyEnglish and Spanish (español) (11/17) [PDF, 444 KB]

English (11/2017) [PDF, 572 KB]
Russian (русский) (11/2017) [PDF, 572 KB]
Spanish (español) (11/2017) [PDF, 572 KB]


SNAP Outreach Materials

PHFO Print Materials

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (PHFO) produces original materials for SNAP Outreach. They are available to print and download below.

2018 DHS Materials

Outreach brochures are available free of charge through Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS brochures have been developed through a collaboration with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon for your use. To order free, current materials complete the Brochure Order Form below.

Order DHS Brochures

The Anti-Hunger Movement

Learn about our work to organize and advocate for food justice.
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The Anti-Hunger Movement

Learn about our work to organize and advocate for food justice.
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SNAP Online Training

Help spread the word about SNAP!

If you are someone who is hoping to help your community access food assistance and end hunger, you’re in the right place!

Our online training will prepare you to inform others about SNAP, help members of your community use benefits and make the program more accessible and effective in your area. This training covers the history and current role of SNAP, how the program works, and how you can expand the impact of its resources in your community. Each module is a powerpoint with accompanying audio. While they are designed to be taken in order, you may take them one-by-one and at the speed that best suits your needs.

Module One:

The Importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Module One gives an overview of the program, why it is importance to learn about the program and what SNAP provides for Oregon’s communities.

ACCESS MODULE ONE

Module Two:

Basics of SNAP

Module Two presents the background of the SNAP program, how it originated and how it evolved over time, including eligibility criteria and how to apply for SNAP.

ACCESS MODULE two

Module Three:

Using SNAP

Module Three explains how participants can use SNAP, outlining what can be purchased, where, how to recertify, and what to do if a participant’s EBT card is lost.

ACCESS MODULE THREE

Module Four:

SNAP Outreach

Module Four focuses on ways to increase awareness of SNAP in your community, and reach people who may be eligible but are not currently participating.

ACCESS MODULE FOUR

Feedback

We would also love to hear your feedback on this training!

Provide Your Feedback

SNAP Outreach Materials

PHFO and DHS produce original materials for SNAP Outreach. They are available to print and download below.
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School Meals

Good nutrition makes a difference

While hunger has been steadily decreasing in Oregon, it remains persistently high.

According to a new USDA report on Food Insecurity in the U.S. nearly one in seven households (14.6 percent) in Oregon were “food insecure” between 2014-16.

This affects 620,000 Oregonians, and over 316,000 kids, where 1 in 4 children from low-income food insecure homes are at risk of hunger and are eligible for nutrition programs.

We understand the physical, emotional, and cognitive impacts of a lack of adequate nutrition on kids. A skipped or partial breakfast or lunch may lead a child to feel frazzled and anxious during a third-grade reading exam. Over time, we know this child may fall behind a grade level, and ultimately might not graduate from high school due to a lack of essential nutrition and energy during their educational journey in school.

Access to healthy nutritious food for children exists through the suite of USDA Child Nutrition Programs available including the School Breakfast Program (SBP), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and the After School Meal and Snack Program (ASMSP).

We work with community partners including the Oregon Department of Education, to publicize and expand participation in these nutrition programs through technical assistance, outreach and marketing materials, and discrete-designed programs to boost participation.

Who is eligible?

Any student is welcome to enjoy meals at their school. Whether a family pays or is eligible for free meals, the food served at school meets nutrition guidelines that helps all children and teens grow and learn.

Below 185% federal poverty level

Children whose families have income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level can get free meals, as the state of Oregon covers the "reduced price" co-pay cost for families. Families over 185% of poverty pay full price for school breakfast and lunch.

Homeless or Foster Care

Children who are homeless or in Foster Care also qualify.

Receive SNAP or TANF benefits

If your family receives benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), regardless of the amount, you will qualify for free school meals. If you are not on SNAP, or have never applied for SNAP or School Meals, your child may still be eligible for free breakfast and lunch in school based on your family income.

Who can run School Nutrition Programs?

Public and private non-profit schools, Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCI)

All Public and private non-profit schools (high school and under), and Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCI) can participate. Participation allows schools to receive cash subsidies for each breakfast, lunch or snack served. In return, programs serve meals consistent with USDA nutrition standards and are monitored by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

School Breakfast Program

The School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides federal reimbursements to providers who operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions.

The program is administered at the Federal level by the USDA and at the State level by the Oregon Department of Education.

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon works with the Oregon Department of Education and other community partners to publicize the School Breakfast Program and support schools who participate.

We identify opportunities for School Breakfast Program improvement through our work with providers here in Oregon and monitoring efforts of other states. We advocate for these improvements through state and federal policy change, like the 2015 Breakfast after the Bell bill.

Benefits to children, families, and schools

1. More children start the day with breakfast

Students get a nutritionally balanced start to their day so they can do well mentally, physically, and socially.

2. Greater cognition and health

Students are less likely to struggle academically or have health issues.

3. Increased access

Families face challenges to providing breakfast for their kids, including tight food budgets or early-morning work, carpool, or bus schedules; the SBP provides a healthy option available for their kids.

4. Greater participation in learning

Studies suggest that students who eat breakfast increase their math and reading scores, do better on standardized tests, and improve both their speed and memory in cognitive tests. It has also been shown to positively impact absenteeism, tardiness, nurse visits, and behavioral incidents.

5. Strong child nutrition programs

School food nutrition departments benefit financially when they are able to reach more children in need with school breakfast; increased participation helps create economies of scale, and options such as Provision 2 and Community Eligibility Provision help yield federal reimbursement dollars to support strong programs.

Model Programs

Schools across the country have found that substantially more children eat breakfast when it is served after the bell and free of charge for all students, when viable. By offering breakfast as part of the school day, schools can eliminate barriers such as bus schedules and stigma that get in the way of students eating this important meal. Many organizations have created tools to help teachers, schools and advocates promote school breakfast.

Additional Resources

Oregon Department of Education’s Breakfast in the Classroom Manual

Share Our Strength’s Center for Best Practices

Food Research and Action Center’s research and tools on school breakfast

Learn About the November School Breakfast Challenge

National School Lunch Program

The National School Lunch Program has been serving children nationwide since Congress passed the 1946 National School Lunch Act in response to widespread childhood malnutrition. The program aims to provide nutritious food to school aged children and support food prices by channeling farm surpluses into the school food system. The program is administered at the Federal level by USDA and at the State level by the Oregon Department of Education.

Highlights:

  • Federal entitlement program providing schools cash subsidies for low-cost, healthy meals
  • Meals must meet federal nutrition guidelines
  • Funds may be used to cover food, administration and staffing costs
  • Participating schools also can receive donated commodity food from the USDA

Benefits to Students:

  • Access to a balanced, nutritious lunch that includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables and milk
  • Improved academic performance, concentration and fewer behavioral problems
  • Participation in the program can assist in developing good eating habits

Benefits to Schools and Programs:

  • Cash reimbursements to schools
  • Wellness policies to help schools address obesity problems and promote physical activity

After School Meal and Snack Program

The federal After School Meal and Snack Program (ASMSP) provides reimbursement to qualifying after school enrichment programs that serve free meals or snacks to their children.

ASMSP is an extension of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and is sometimes referred to as the “At-Risk” or “Supper” program. All meals and snacks are served free of charge to youth in participating after school enrichment programs.

Benefits to Kids

Strong Bodies: Improve the health and well being of the children you serve. The snacks and meals are nutritionally-balanced and allow kids to get the most from your enrichment program

Strong Minds: By the time children come to your programs it may have been 3-4 hours since their last meal, making it difficult to concentrate or learn. This program ensures that students continue to thrive even after the school bell rings.

Strong Communities: After school programs provide a safe, supervised environment during a time when many youth would otherwise be home alone, or on the street.

Benefits to After School Programs

Strengthens and Preserves Programming:

Providing meals and snacks can be expensive, leaving program managers with a difficult choice between feeding kids and providing enriching activities. ASMSP can help you do both, saving thousands of dollars on meals and snacks that can fund program activities.

Funding Diversity:

The meal program is a great tool to use for approaching future funders. Incorporating this as part of your fundraising budget shows potential funders your willingness to leverage all available resources in your community. It also demonstrates a commitment to your children’s overall health and wellness.

Eligibility Requirements

The site must be located within a school attendance boundary where at least 50% of the children are eligible for Free and Reduced (F/R) lunches.

Schools, churches, apartment complexes, community centers, boys and girls clubs, tribal agencies and other organizational locations are examples of appropriate sites.

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