Disaster food benefits available for Marion County residents affected by Oregon wildfires

Disaster food benefits available for Marion County residents affected by Oregon wildfires

Marion County is one of eight counties in Oregon set to receive federal disaster food assistance following historic wildfires. The Oregon Department of Human Services received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service to offer the Disaster Supplemental Assistance Program (DSNAP) — a food assistance program for low-income households with food loss or damage caused by a natural disaster. The assistance is available for one month to anyone who resided or was employed within one of the designated counties at the time of the Sept. 7 wildfires and suffered disaster losses, officials said. The other Oregon counties include Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln and Linn. DSNAP benefits are provided through an electronic benefits transfer card (EBT card), similar to a debit card, and can be used to purchase food items at grocery stores and other authorized SNAP retailers. Applicants must have experienced at least one of the following conditions because of the wildfires: • Damage to or destruction of the home or self-employment business. • Loss or inaccessibility of income including a reduction or termination of income or a significant delay in receiving income due to disaster-related problems. • Disaster-related expenses (home or business repairs, temporary shelter, evacuation, food loss, etc.) that are not expected to be reimbursed during the disaster benefit period. All applications will be completed online due to COVID-19. Individuals can pre-register for assistance by Thursday, Oct. 22 at https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/assistance/food-benefits/pages/dsnap.aspx A Self-Sufficiency Programs worker will then make contact to complete the ...
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