Food Benefits

The State of Oregon was not awarded USDA funding for the 2019 Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children (SEBTC) Program.

Oregon did not receive funds to offer this program this summer. This means your household will not receive these additional benefits this summer. We know this extra assistance helped your child through the summer months. Therefore, we want to let you know about other resources that may help:

  • If you are not receiving SNAP benefits, you may be eligible. Call 2-1-1 or your local DHS office to find out. SNAP provides monthly food assistance to families.
  • Summer meal sites offer free meals and snacks to all kids ages 1-18. Summer meal sites are open to all families. You don’t need to fill out paperwork or sign up. Many programs also offer fun activities so kids can stay active, meet friends and keep learning. To find a list of sites close to you, go online to www.summerfoodoregon.org. You can also text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 or dial 2-1-1. 2-1-1 can help find a food pantry near you as well.

Please note, if your family receives SNAP benefits, this change will not affect those benefits. For questions or assistance, please email the SNAP team.

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.​