2 Sentenced for Oregon Trail Card Fraud

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Two men accused of $500,000 worth of Oregon Trail Card fraud were each sentenced to seven and a half years in prison. Severo Toro-Castellon and Raphael Ortega-Vargas were the owners of the Carniceria Mi Pueblo Market. Both pleaded guilty to five counts of aggravated theft. “This was an important case for … Continue reading »

Sheriff Takes Action on SNAP Fraud

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath County Sheriff is sending four food assistance cards back to Salem after they were confiscated in recent drug arrests. Four men have been arrested over the past two weeks with four things in common. Each of those men had loaded guns, large amounts of drugs and cash, as well as … Continue reading »

Farmers’ Markets Helping SNAP Recipients

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Almost 10,000 households in Benton County alone rely on food stamps every month, and on Sunday, organizers of the Corvallis-Albany Farmers’ Markets hosted a barbecue fundraiser to help more people get access to fresh and local fruits and vegetables. Organizers hosted a summer picnic supper at Willamette Park in Corvallis on Sunday, … Continue reading »

Farm Bill Advances to Senate

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A bill that would help farmers is on the way to the Senate after passing the House Wednesday morning. But, it could also mean big cuts to those who receive food stamps. The five-year farm bill would create provisions for organic farmers and specialty crop farmers. It would also offer more crop … Continue reading »

SNAP Benefits Slashed 6-7%

EUGENE, Ore. — From young mothers to Army veterans, food stamp recipients are scrambling to get meals on the table. The cuts haven’t even hit yet, and those in the SNAP program are already visiting the local pantry toward the end of the month to help fill in the gaps. “This food bank here does … Continue reading »

SNAP Program See Cuts

EUGENE, Ore. — Some people on food stamps are finding out they’ll see a reduction in benefits next month. The Department of Human Services says in 2009 the SNAP program received additional funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but that money has now run out. It was designed to help people during the … Continue reading »

Food Stamp Program Could See Cuts

EUGENE, Ore. — Big cuts could be coming to the federal food stamp program, and it would have a significant impact on people living in parts of Oregon. House Republicans have passed a bill that would slash aid to about four million Americans over the next 10 years. Those who use food stamps in Lane … Continue reading »

DeFazio Fights SNAP Cuts

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The average American on food stamps gets just more than $30 a week to shop, but Congress is looking at cutting that already tight budget by 20 percent. Congressman Peter DeFazio is working to prevent those cuts by showing what shopping on food stamps is really like. DeFazio admits, he doesn’t usually … Continue reading »

Food Stamp Cuts Being Considered

EUGENE, Ore. — The federal food stamp program could soon see funding cuts. This week, the House and Senate agriculture committees are considering reducing the size of the program. Legislation approved by the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday would cut about $2.5 billion a year–that’s about 3 percent of the food stamp budget. The Department of … Continue reading »

Farmer’s Market Now Accepting EBT

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Oregon Trail Card users can now use their benefits at the Umpqua Valley Farmer’s Market. SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is allowing recipients to use their cards to purchase tokens at the market manager’s booth. The tokens can then be used to buy products from any qualifying vendor at the … Continue reading »