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Wed May 6, 2020, 03:22 AM

Thousands of Oregon families will get extra food stamps to cover missed school meals

The 351,000 Oregon students who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school will receive extra food stamps to cover the value of those meals while schools are closed.

Oregon last week got a green light from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand its food stamp program, giving families an extra $384 per month, per child.

Families with school-age children who already receive food stamps will automatically get additional money added to their Oregon Trail cards retroactive to March, when schools closed their doors. The funds will be added in late May, the Department of Human Services and Oregon Department of Education said in a news release.

The expansion will cost Oregon about $154 million, with half the cost covered by the federal government.

Read more: https://www.salemreporter.com/posts/2347/thousands-of-oregon-families-will-get-extra-food-stamps-to-cover-missed-school-meals

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