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DHS news release

Sept. 29, 2005

 

Program contacts: Eliza Devlin (503) 947-5105

Anne Hilgers (503) 945-6105

Media contact: Patricia Feeny (503) 945-6955

 

Food stamp recipients receive annual increase in October


 

Oregon's nearly 218,000 food-stamp households will receive small increases in October in the amount of their benefit and in how much they can earn to qualify. The changes, affecting about 428,750 people, are effective Oct. 1.

 

Households with incomes below 185 percent of the federal poverty level ($1,475 a month for an individual and $2,983 a month for a family of four) may qualify for benefits, which are based on household income, size and expenses.

 

For an individual receiving the maximum benefit, the monthly food stamp benefit will increase by $3, from $149 to $152.

 

For a family of four receiving the maximum benefit, the food stamp benefit increases by $7, from $499 a month to $506.

 

The federal government revises food stamp payments annually to reflect changes in food, housing and other costs. Recipients are low income, elderly or disabled. The average amount of food stamps received by an Oregon household is about $174.

 

The federally financed food stamp program, which is intended to ensure access to a nutritious diet, is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services. The federal government finances benefits and shares administrative expenses with the states. Since 1998, Oregon food stamp benefits have been delivered electronically and recipients are able to obtain funds using a debit card like Oregon Trail Card.