Food benefit applications during the COVID-19 pandemic
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Self-Sufficiency Programs division has provided $470 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to more than 702,000 Oregonians. These food benefits can be critical to Oregon families as the state continues to experience the economic impacts of the pandemic.
Within the coming months, we expect the number of online applications to increase due to the following:
- Expiration of the federal pandemic unemployment compensation
- Waiver for extending recertifications ending on August 31, 2020
- Staff out for training and taking COVID leave
The dashboards below provide a more detailed overview of where we are with SNAP applications on a monthly and weekly basis. Information is updated weekly on Fridays.
SNAP Online Applications by month
This graph demonstrates the number of online applications received each month.
Projected SNAP recertifications vs one year ago
Current SNAP recipients must reapply to continue their benefits. The department is anticipating continued increases in new applications at the same time 45,000 current SNAP recipients recertify their information to keep their benefits.
SNAP applications waiting to be processed
An application is processed when a staff member reviews the information provided, verifies its accuracy and approves or denies an applicant for benefits. A third option is a staff member may seek more information so that approval or denial can be made.
Approximate days to process applications
The data below is reported each Wednesday. This number represents the approximate days to process applications. Federal regulations mandate that we process applications for SNAP within 30 days. Several factors, including obtaining required documentation, may cause a delay in processing applications.
Participation and Benefit Distribution
SNAP households and recipients by month
Number of households and Oregonians participating in SNAP by month.
SNAP, PEBT and emergency allotments by month
The amount of benefits issued to Oregonians through three programs:
SNAP: Regular food benefits.
PEBT: Pandemic EBT benefits provide food benefits for students who lost access to free meals when schools participating in the National School Lunch Program closed due to COVID-19. Families may receive up to $384 per eligible child for the months of April, May and June 2020. Benefits are being issued through September.
Emergency allotment: A temporary increase in food benefits authorized by the federal Food and Nutrition Services. The increase brings all households to the maximum SNAP benefit. Households that already receive the maximum benefit will not receive any additional benefits.