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 »

Oregon Trail Card Store Requirements

EUGENE, Ore. — The federal food stamp cuts went into effect Friday, and some shoppers are concerned with less money to buy food, it may be tougher to afford fresh produce and other nutritional items. Stores do have to abide by certain nutritional requirements to accept the Oregon Trail Card. The USDA requires all stores … 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 »

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 »

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 »