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Increased income limits allow families to earn $3,660 while still qualifying for food stamps

More than 41 million families receive food stamps each month through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It is based on a family’s size, income and other expenses, SNAP benefits are calculated.

More than 41 million families receive food stamps each month through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It is based on a family’s size, income and other expenses, SNAP benefits are calculated. (Photo: Getty)

The benefits of SNAP

One of the most comprehensive government-sponsored food assistance programs is SNAP. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides benefits to low-income families and individuals through the Electronic Benefit Transfer Card to purchase food. For qualifying purchases at authorized retail food stores, a debit card may be used with this card.

Usually, SNAP is only available to those whose household income is up to 130% of the federal poverty level, which starts at $12,880 for a single person and increases with family size. As a result, the Oregon Department of Social Services has proclaimed that the income threshold for households to receive food stamps and child care assistance for working parents has been increased, according to The Sun.

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More than 41 million families receive food stamps each month through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It is based on a family’s size, income and other expenses, SNAP benefits are calculated. (Photo: Getty)

Income threshold raised in Oregon

State assistance for food and childcare costs has increased to about 18,000 additional Oregon families. A family earning up to 200% of the federal poverty level is now eligible for both programs, starting January 1. Previously, the cap was set at 185% of the federal poverty level. In other words, people earning up to $2,147 a month (or $3,660 for a family of three) now qualify for both programs, according to Oregon Live.

As a result, Oregonians will receive an additional $25 million a year in food assistance benefits. ODHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht noted that many Oregonians — especially those of color, members of Oregon’s tribal nations, people with disabilities and seniors — were struggling before the COVID-19 pandemic. 19. Thousands of Oregonians will benefit from this increase in food aid.

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