Food Benefits

​​​​​​​Frequently Asked Questions for the Emergency Allotment of SNAP Benefits

Answers to many commonly asked questions about the Supplemental Emergency Allotment (EA) of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits.

What are EA SNAP benefits?
EA SNAP benefits are a monthly additional food assistance benefit for SNAP households during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each month during the state of emergency, Oregon must submit a request to Food and Nutrition Services to continue the EA SNAP benefits.​

Each month during the state of emergency, Oregon must submit a request to Food and Nutrition Services to continue the EA SNAP benefits. ​

Who qualifies for the EA SNAP benefits?
 All SNAP recipients qualify to receive a minimum $95 in EA. ​​

​How much will I receive in EA SNAP benefits?

  • Households not currently receiving an emergency allotment will now receive an additional $95 per month.  
  • Households currently receiving an emergency allotment that is less than $95 will receive an additional allotment for the difference. 
  • Households currently receiving an emergency allotment of more than $95 will not see a change in their benefits.​

The maximum monthly SNAP benefit amounts by household size are listed below. 

SNAP Benefits Income Limits table

Do I need to apply for EA SNAP benefits?
No, you do not need to apply for EA SNAP benefits. EA SNAP benefits will be automatically made available on your EBT card.

If you are not enrolled in SNAP, you can apply online​ for SNAP benefits.

What can I purchase with my EA SNAP benefits?

Like regular SNAP benefits, the EA SNAP benefits can be used to buy food at authorized retail food stores. A list of food items that you can buy with SNAP benefits can be found at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items .

Do I have to use my emergency SNAP benefits right away?
No. Unused SNAP benefits, including EA benefits, remain available for up to one year from the date they are issued.​