What was once called food stamps is now the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. These food dollars help reduce hunger and supplement the diets of millions of Americans.
See Also: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Do you know someone who needs a little help buying food? Test your knowledge about SNAP, and then tell a friend about this important resource.
True or False:
1. Only 1 in 3 Oregonians aged 60+ get the food dollars they are entitled to.
True Only about 30% of eligible elders statewide are accessing this support.
2. Elders only get $10 per month.
False The average SNAP benefit for an age 60+ household is about $90 per month.
3. People cannot get SNAP if they have resources like cars, homes, retirement funds or money in the bank.
False Oregon has eliminated resource restrictions for almost all households. Eligibility is based mostly on monthly income.
4. Using SNAP is a common U.S. experience.
True More than 50% of Americans will access the program at some point during their lives.
5. Using SNAP hurts Oregon’s economy.
False Funding for SNAP is 100% federal dollars. Oregonians who get SNAP are bringing more than $1 billion federal dollars back into our state economy, supporting local communities and businesses. Every $1 in benefits generates another $1.80 in local economic activity.
6. You can use SNAP dollars at many Farmer’s Markets.
True Some markets even have programs that match SNAP purchases to help make the most of your dollars.
Many people are surprised to find out they can get SNAP food benefits. Income guidelines are higher than you may think:
- Household size: 1 – Monthly income: $1,723
- Household size: 2 – Monthly income: $2,333
- Household size: 3 – Monthly income: $2,944
For more information about getting and using SNAP, please call Oregon SafeNet, 1-800-SAFENET (1-800-723-3638), or dial 211.
Volunteers will be available at the Farmers Markets listed below to answer questions:
- Beaverton Farmer's Market: July 28, 8 am -1:30pm Located on Hall and 5th St.
- Portland Farmer's Market: Aug. 16, 3- 7 pm. Located at NW 19th and Everett St.
- Hillsboro Farmer's Market: Aug. 18, 8:30 – 1pm. Located on Main Street between 1st and 3rd Avenue, one block northwest of the Third Avenue MAX station
- Oregon City Farmer's Market: Aug. 25, 9 am – 2 pm. Located at Clackamas County’s Public Services Building, 2051, Kaen Rd, off Beavercreek Rd in the Red Spoils Campus.