District families to receive cash benefit


SALEM — Families with students in Lincoln County, including career tech and all charter students, will receive $384 per child in cash benefits thanks to flexibility in the food stamp program allowed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Education announced Wednesday, May 6, that all Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get cash benefits for the meals they would have received at school even if they have been provided meals from schools during the closure.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service authorized DHS to provide Oregon P-EBT Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits to more than 351,000 students in the state receiving free or reduced-price school meals. Households will receive benefits equivalent to one free lunch and one free breakfast for each eligible child — $5.70 per normal school day for the months of March, April, May and June.

Benefits will be retroactive to March 16 for students who received free and reduced price meals when schools closed. Eligible families will receive the following for each child: $69 for March, $126 in April, $120 in May and $69 in June.

No action will be required for local families to receive their funds, according to Jamie Nicholson, Lincoln County School District Child Nutrition Program manager”Lincoln County School District families do not need to do anything, no applications needed. I am taking care of all of this for them. All our students will be included — this also includes Lincoln City Career Tech, Eddyville, Siletz and Olalla,” Nicholson said.

Households who receive SNAP benefits will have their March, April and May benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts in late May. Students who get free or reduced-price school meals but do not receive SNAP benefits will automatically receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail.

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