Monday, October 28, 2013

Oregon Trail cardholders to see benefits redued

Oregon Trail card, which is the Oregon version of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ("food stamps")The expiration of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act will leave Oregon Trail cardholders with 5 to 6 percent less each month in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Letters sent to SNAP recipients indicated that the reductions begin Nov. 1.

As reported by Justin Bourke for KDRV Newswatch 12 in Medford, “The average drop for a family of four is about $40 a month.” Bourke added that of more than 800,000 Oregon residents who receive SNAP benefits, many already have difficulty putting healthy food of their plates. Bourke calls intervention by Congress “unlikely.”

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