Food Benefits

March Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits to be issued March 1

The U.S Department of Agriculture has asked states to provide early issuance of March benefits for those who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for food security. This request is due to the partial federal government shutdown that occurred in January.

Oregonians who normally receive their SNAP benefits between the 1st or 9th of each month will get their March allocation on March 1, 2019.

This is the second month that SNAP benefits will be issued differently than the regular issuance schedule. The early March issuance date will help to ease the burden on affected households who have had a longer than usual gap between their usual SNAP issuances.

"We understand that this disruption in the schedule of how benefits are distributed can be difficult for SNAP participants," stated Self-Sufficiency Programs Director Kim Fredlund. "Our goal, during this unprecedented time, is to ensure we provide vulnerable Oregonians with access to food benefits and help them find additional resources if needed."

If people are concerned about running out of SNAP benefits, they can contact 211Info, the Oregon Food Bank or the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) to find resources in their local communities.

To find a local DHS office, go to http://www.oregon.gov/dhs and click on Office Locations.

About Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded program which offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.

The intent of the SNAP program is to help improve the health and well-being of low-income households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs. Some important pieces of information for you to know:

  • SNAP benefits are a supplement. They are not meant to meet all of the food needs of a household or an individual. Using other resources like food pantries and WIC in addition to SNAP will help stretch household food budgets.
  • People do not need to be destitute to qualify for SNAP benefits. People can be working or have other forms of income and still be eligible for benefits.

In Oregon, the SNAP Program is administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS). The eligibility determination and issuance of benefits are provided through DHS and AAA offices across the state.

The benefits are distributed through the state's Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system, which allows people to access their benefits by using an "Oregon Trail Card" at the grocery store point of sale machines.