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Emergency food aid will continue for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians

(The Enterprise/file)

Hundreds of thousands of low-income Oregonians will continue to receive extra food aid for the next two months, the state Department of Human Services announced Tuesday.

The extra aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, increases the monthly allotment per household by 60% to more than $460. Nearly 378,000 households – or more than 663,000 individuals – in Oregon receive SNAP benefits. A majority qualify for the emergency allotments, according to Jake Sunderland, press secretary for the Human Services Department.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the SNAP program, has provided emergency food aid since March 2020. The agency alerts states about the extra money on a month-by-month basis, Sunderland said. The state just received word that the April benefits would come through, and that means May . . .