SNAP Enrollment

Oregon Trail? Food Stamps? SNAP? Do I even qualify? Our Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollment events and support team are here to help. The Student Sustainability Center and the Duck Nest collaborate with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and the Oregon Department of Human Services to help students learn about the program and get enrolled, if eligible. Eligibility can be confusing, but we’re here to help in two ways: enrollment events with Department of Human Services employees and trained volunteers to help you enroll; and drop-in hours at the Duck Nest and Student Sustainability Center to get information and support.

Wondering if you’re eligible? It can be confusing, but here’s a start:

To start, your household income needs to fall below the following levels

Persons in Family Annual Monthly Weekly
1 $23,107 $1,926 $444.37
2 $31,284 $2,607 $601.62
3 $39,461 $3,288 $758.87

Students who meet these income guidelines may qualify for SNAP if they have a clear path/idea of how their course of study will lead them to a job directly after graduation (this only applies to undergraduate students).

You may also qualify if you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Paid employee working an average of 20 hours a week
  • Self-employed at least 20 hours each week and have a countable monthly income of at least $1,247 after business costs
  • Been awarded and have accepted federal work-study
  • Responsible for the care of a child (age requirements apply)
  • Receiving TANF
  • In a Workforce Investment Act training program
  • Receiving unemployment compensation
  • Participating in at least one Employment Department training program
  • Unable to work due to physical or physiological difficulties

We’re here to help! Come to one of our SNAP enrollment events or stop by the Student Sustainability Center to learn more. You can also get help signing up for SNAP benefits during Duck Nest drop-in hours on Mondays 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. or Fridays 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Produce Drop

The Student Sustainability Center is working with Food for Lane County to operate a Trillium Produce Plus site, bringing fresh produce to students who need it. The Produce Drops are like a pop-up farmer’s stand, but everything is free to eligible students and their families. There’s no enrollment or sign-up. Just come and fill a bag with what you need.

To be eligible, student households can earn up to twice the Federal Poverty Level (200% FPL). That means that a student who is not claimed as a dependent by anyone else can make up to the following amount and receive food for themselves and their household:

Persons in Family Annual Income
1 $24,120
2 $32,480
3 $40,840
4 $49,200

The Produce Drops occur the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 3:00–5:00 p.m. in the EMU Amphitheater.

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