Public nutrition assistance programs can make a crucial difference in improving a child’s health and development. Listed below are links to some programs that can help your family in difficult times.
Other beneficial resources include emergency food and social services including health care, shelter, energy assistance and bill assistance.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores.
- 211info is a toll-free, health and social service helpline for Oregon. Call 211 to be referred to basic needs services including food, health care, shelter and bill assistance. Or visit www.211info.org.
- Visit www.oregonhelps.org to screen yourself for SNAP and other program eligibility.
Some facts about the program
- More than one in five Oregonians receive SNAP benefits.
- More than 807,000 Oregonians participated in SNAP in October 2012, increasing by nearly 20,000 individuals compared to October 2011.
- As a result, more than $1 million in federal funds came into the state economy, stimulating more than $1.75 billion in local economic activity.
- Every $1 in SNAP benefits creates $1.79 in economic activity.
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The Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children is an integral part of the Department of Human Services (DHS) Public Health Division. WIC is designed to reach families most in need of preventative health services and to address health disparities.
Find a WIC clinic in your county.
WIC services to Oregon families include:
- Breastfeeding education and support
- Individual growth and health assessments
- Education on nutrition and physical activity
- Referrals to other preventative health services like prenatal care and immunizations
- Nutritious foods purchased with WIC vouchers
The National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program provide nutritious food to school-aged children resulting in improved academic performance, concentration and fewer behavioral problems. Summer-food and after-school programs provide free snacks and meals during out-of-school time. These programs are open to all children and youth regardless of income.
Find a summer meal site near you.
Child Care Feeding Programs Support Young Children’s
January 2010, Children’s HealthWatch – Policy Action Brief.
Emergency food in Oregon
Oregon Food Bank is a charitable organization that collects food from a variety of sources and distributes it through a statewide network of 20 regional food banks in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. For more information or to locate resources, call 211info by dialing 211 or visit www.oregonfoodbank.org.
Find emergency food in your community.
211info is a toll-free, health and social service helpline for Oregon. Call 211 to be referred to basic need services including food, health care, shelter and bill assistance. www.211info.org
Oregonhelps is a free, confidential online pre-screener that helps families estimate potential eligibility for food and social service programs. www.oregonhelps.org