The Oregon Department of Human Services announced Monday it would provide additional food benefits to more than 400,000 children in the state, to make up for meals they may have missed during summer 2022.

Each eligible child will receive an electronic card loaded with $391.

Eligible children include students who received free or reduced-price school lunches during the 2021-2022 school year and those who were under the age of 6 while enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program during summer 2022.

The extra benefits are not an extension of the SNAP emergency allotments that ended on March 1, but a one-time allotment, said Jake Sunderland, a spokesperson for Oregon Department of Human Services.

The temporary assistance aims to give children more access to healthy food as grocery prices rise and families recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Families will receive their children’s electronic cards in the mail in batches from March to May, and households with multiple children will receive cards for each child. — Lisa Moreno; [email protected]

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