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Oregon SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits for February were issued TODAY due to federal government shutdown - 01/18/19

Oregonians participating in SNAP were issued February SNAP benefits early – today - roughly two weeks earlier than normal. 

Oregon was instructed to do this by USDA due to a quirk of the federal government shutdown.

Oregon SNAP participants should be aware that after today, no additional benefits will be issued in February. Just like normal, these SNAP benefits do not expire and will remain on the card until a household uses them.

New applicants can still apply for SNAP and receive benefits. These are being processed normally and will continue to be accepted in February.

For Oregonians who need to take action on their SNAP case in January (such as an Interim Change Report or Recertification), clients should complete that as soon as possible. These are being processed as normal. SNAP households that turn in this paperwork after January 18 will receive their February benefits as soon as the paperwork is processed.

As of now, the timing of March SNAP benefits is unknown due to the shutdown.  

As of now, the government shutdown is not affecting the way people receive other nutrition assistance like school meals, WIC or food pantries.

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Oregon Food Bank to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy on MLK Day of Service with help of 525 volunteers - 01/18/19


Oregon Food Bank to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on MLK Day of Service with help of 525 volunteers

WHAT:           MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service has transformed the King Holiday into a day of citizen action. To honor Dr. King, Oregon Food Bank will open its doors for volunteers to take action against poverty and help our neighbors who experience hunger.

WHEN:           Monday, January 21, 2019, 9 - 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:         Oregon Food Bank, 7900 NE 33rd Drive, Portland

WHO:              525 volunteers

Volunteers from Bank of America (presenting sponsor), Pacific Power (supporting sponsor), and other local companies such as Oregon Health Authority, Nike, Opsis Architecture, Act-On Software – along with individuals and families – will process and repack thousands of pounds of food to help 1 in 8 neighbors who experience hunger and poverty in our community.

WHY:              “The time is always right to do what’s right.” – Dr. King

In the months leading up to his assassination, Reverend King organized the Poor People’s Campaign. When he looked across America, he saw people and families of all races, cultures and communities that were hungry, houseless, unemployed and underpaid. He began to organize a multi-racial movement of people to dismantle the systems of inequality that created conditions of poverty for so many communities.

“If a man doesn’t have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness,” said Reverend King in his last sermon. “He merely exists.”

Dr. King was killed before the campaign could realize its full potential. But, the Poor People’s Campaign brought about an expansion of school meals and Head Start programs for children in the south; it caused the United States Department of Agriculture to release surplus food commodities to the country’s poorest counties; it expanded the food stamp program and made the welfare system easier to navigate.

“Like Dr. King, Oregon Food Bank envisions a community where each person can participate, prosper and have access to nutritious food,” said Susannah Morgan, Oregon Food Bank CEO. “We recognize that systemic injustices exist – such as racism, classism, and sexism – and that these create and perpetuate conditions that sustain poverty and hunger. With the support of the community, we work to ensure that everyone who is hungry today has food today. At the same time, we are working to change conditions and policies so that hunger no longer exists.”

About Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Food Bank works to eliminate hunger and its root causes... because no one should be hungry. Oregon Food Bank believes that hunger starves the human spirit, that communities thrive when people are nourished, and that everyone deserves healthy and fresh food. Oregon Food Bank helps feed the human spirit of 740,000 people through a food distribution network of 21 regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through public policy, local food systems work, nutrition and garden education, health care screening and innovative programming. Find out how to feed the human spirit at oregonfoodbank.org.


Statement from Oregon Food Bank in response to the government shutdown - 01/09/19

1/9/19 - Statement for media from Oregon Food Bank in response to the government shutdown

  • Oregon Food Bank holds people experiencing hunger at the center of all that we do.
  • First and foremost, we want to reassure people personally impacted by the current partial government shut down that you are empowered to seek help during this time.
  • People seeking food assistance are encouraged to visit www.oregonfoodbank.org/findfood. This easy to use and mobile-friendly database provides users with the location and hours of meal sites and food pantries across the state of Oregon and in Clark County, Washington.
  • Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) has stated that SNAP benefits are secure at least through January and February. This is good news for the 615,000 Oregonians who count on SNAP to help put food on the table.
  • Likewise, we understand from the USDA that WIC funding is stable through February, and that school meal funding is secure through March. 
  • We call upon the media to please support this important message that both of these programs are operating without interruption so that people will continue to apply for and utilize benefits as usual. We know firsthand that past government shutdowns have led to unnecessary drops in enrollment and benefit redemption due to confusion and misinformation.
  • Media are encouraged to contact Jennifer Grentz, Lead Communications Officer, at DHS for more information: 503-884-9701, .grentz@state.or.us">jennifer.grentz@state.or.us.
  • Oregon Food Bank is working with our partners across the state to reach furloughed individuals who may be missing paychecks as a result of the shutdown to ensure they can access food assistance. We are also investigating reports that Native American communities are being adversely impacted and will do all we can to mitigate that impact.
  • Lastly, we believe this government shutdown is continuing the patterns of criminalization and dehumanization of immigrants in our country. We call on the administration to sign the budget that reopens the parts of government that are not tied to border security.
  • While we at Oregon Food Bank commit to doing all that we can to support and provide assistance to people impacted by this situation, food banks alone are not enough to replace these critical federal nutrition programs. The federal government plays a key role in ending hunger in America. For every meal provided by the national Feeding America Network of food banks, SNAP provides 12 meals. Food banks simply cannot make up for the loss of SNAP benefits.