In Oregon, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by the Department of Human Services’ Children, Adults and Families Division. This program offers nutrition assistance to low-income individuals and families by providing financial benefits that can be used to purchase eligible food items. More than 800,000 Oregonians received SNAP benefits in August 2013, which speaks volumes about the impact and importance of the program. In order to receive benefits, you must first determine if you’re eligible. There are certain residency and income requirements that must be met. You can check your eligibility and estimated benefits by using this SNAP benefits estimator.
To apply for food stamp benefits, you can do so online or by downloading an application and returning it to your local DHS self-sufficiency office. Once your application is submitted, you will have to go through an interview process to verify your information. If you’re approved for food stamp benefits, you will be issued an Oregon Trail Card. This EBT card is similar to a debit card. Benefits are distributed into your account the same time each month. To use your Oregon Trail Card, simply swipe at the register and enter your four-digit PIN to make eligible food purchases.
1. How do I check my Oregon Trail Card account balance?
To check your account balance, check your last receipt or call customer service at 1-888-997-4447.
2. When will my benefits be distributed?
Food stamp benefits are issued based on the last digit of your Social Security Number. For the full issuance schedule, click here.
3. How can I make the most of my food benefits?
The USDA has published a helpful brochure to teach you how to make good use of your food stamp benefits. To access the brochure, click here.
4. Who should I contact for more information on Oregon food stamps?
For more information on how and where to apply for food stamps, you can call Oregon SafeNet at 1-800-723-3638.
5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?
Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.
Contact: Oregon Food Stamps.