AROUND $25million worth of additional food benefits will be issued to thousands of eligible recipients in Oregon as the state increased its income limits.
The limits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, have been increased to 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
Americans can participate in the scheme until their income is 250 percent of the poverty line.
This means a family of three earning a monthly income of up to $5,503 can claim SNAP benefits.
The threshold was previously 185 percent and the change came into force on January 1, The Chronicle reports.
And, around 18,000 new households are expected to apply for SNAP benefits.
Fariborz Pakseresht, of the Oregon Department of Human Services, said: “As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, we know that many are struggling to get enough healthy food for themselves and their families.
“This increase will provide critical food support to thousands of Oregonians.”
Residents can apply for food stamp assistance at ONE.Oregon.gov or call the hotline 800-699-9075.
Because of the pandemic, Oregonians are encouraged to call and book an appointment before turning up at their local office.
Americans that are applying for assistance should have documents including proof of income, identification, and social security numbers nearby.
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You do not need to reapply if you’ve already submitted an application in person or over the phone.
Americans can log onto the ONE.Oregon.gov website to access their portal where they can see their application being tracked.
Oregon is not the only state offering a financial boost to cash-strapped recipients.
The Sun revealed that around 1.2million Americans in Michigan who receive food assistance benefits will see a surprise boost of at least $95 this month.
Around 700,000 households are expected to benefit from the measure, which was announced by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services on Monday.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer pledged to continue delivering support for residents as the state continues to grapple with the Covid pandemic and the Omicron variant, the Detroit Free Press reports.
She said: “My administration will keep working with our federal partners to do whatever we can to make sure Michigan families can put food on the table.”
Benefits will be added to Bridge Cards between January 15 and 24 and the boost will show up separately on accounts.
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Michiganders do not need to reapply for the benefits.
Recipients in the state can check their balance at Michigan.gov/MIBridges or call 888-674-8914
The Sun previously revealed that SNAP benefits were given a permanent boost in October last year.
On average, food stamps increased by $36 per person to $157 each month.
But, the amount you receive depends on your family size and the state you live in.
SNAP households are expected to spend about 30 percent of their own cash on food.
Around 42million Americans in total receive the benefits, according to the Department of Agriculture.
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