Oregon to Provide More than 351,000 Children with Benefits to Replace the Meals they Get at School
The District has begun receiving calls regarding cash benefits for families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals to partially compensate what they would have received at school. Please note this benefit is coming from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and not North Santiam School District. Please do not contact the District for information. Below you will find excerpts from the Oregon.Gov website and the link. https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx…
Eligible Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households will have their March, April and May benefits automatically deposited to their existing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) accounts in late May. Students who get free or reduced-price school meals Oregon Department of Human Services Safety | Health | Independence but do not receive SNAP benefits will automatically receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail.
Benefits will be retroactive to March 16, 2020 for students who received free and reduced price meals when schools closed. For newly eligible free or reduced-price meals or SNAP households, benefits will start at the beginning of the month they become eligible. Eligible families will receive the following for each child: • $69 for March • $126 in April • $120 in May • $69 in June
Families who have experienced significant income loss may have become eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, and there is still time to apply. Apply online at https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/FRLApp/Default or contact your local school.
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