Oregon SNAP benefits emergency payments are reaching their conclusion, with the supplemental allocation scheduled to stop in March.
Beneficiaries will resume receiving their original SNAP benefit level prior to the imposition of emergency payments.
Oregon SNAP Benefits
The reduction in SNAP benefits this year is a result of the recent passage of a $1.7 trillion budget bill by Congress, which does not include funds for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program emergency allocations.
In March, SNAP benefits for a family of one will be reduced by at least $95 per month. In the meanwhile, a family of four will experience a bigger drop in SNAP payments, with $300 deducted from their SNAP benefits.
The Oregon Department of Human Services urges individuals to be ready for the upcoming transition.
Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services Fariborz Pakseresht stated in a press statement that without emergency food benefits, some Oregon residents may face hardship and starvation.
Pakseresht then advised the recipients to seek assistance from their colleagues at 211, the Oregon Food Bank, and their local Community Action Agency.
During the COVID-19 emergency, additional payments were issued to enable eligible people and families to obtain enough nutritious food. Every month, regular SNAP payments rose by an average of almost $36 per individual.
Additionally, Oregon expanded the income qualifying limit for SNAP to 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold, allowing those with a monthly salary of $2,265 to qualify for food assistance.
Since April 2020, beneficiaries in Oregon have received their increased allotments in addition to their normal SNAP payments.
Questions regarding Oregon SNAP benefits can be directed to the ONE Customer Service Center at 1-800-699-9090. Its actual office is likewise open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
SNAP participants in Oregon can also visit their Electronic Benefits Transfer card at www.ebtEDGE.com to view their regular SNAP benefits.
Food Stamp Payments 2023
Aside from the elimination of emergency allotments, users of SNAP benefits will notice further changes to their payments in 2023. Depending on the number of members of an eligible family, SNAP users can potentially anticipate increased maximum payments.
A one-person household can receive a maximum of $281 in SNAP benefits, up from $250 in the previous fiscal year. There are additional increases to the qualifying thresholds for monthly net incomes. From $1,074 to $1,133 for a single-person family in 48 states.
In addition, the maximum asset restrictions for families with at least one member aged 60 or older or handicapped were increased to $4,250. It was an increase over the previous year’s $3,750.
In the meantime, the permissible asset value for the remaining households has increased to $2,750 from the previous $2,500. Beginning on October 1, 2022, the cost-of-living adjustment rate will be 12.5%. SNAP cost-of-living adjustments are modified annually based on the rate of inflation.