In less than two weeks, increased pandemic relief benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will expire, which means thousands of people in Central Oregon will see reductions in their food budgets starting next month.

According to stats provided by the Oregon Department of Human Services, there are 21,541 households in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties receiving SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps.

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Joe Siess is a GA reporter for the Bulletin. Joe previously reported for the Klamath Falls Herald and News and the Malheur Enterprise. He was born and raised in the Kansas City area, and holds a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri.

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58514: great idea, let's make everybody a ward of the state. Or maybe you can feed some of them at your house.


So the pandemic relief benefits should last forever even though there is no pandemic?


The pandemic motivated us to address people going hungry. We should make the increased benefit permanent.

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