SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal program that provides individuals and families with financial support that can be used to purchase a variety of foods. Students enrolled in at least 8 credits may be eligible for SNAP if they meet certain income requirements and other criteria. Previous work requirements have changed! Visit Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon to review student SNAP eligibility requirements.
SNAP benefits are currently maximized, meaning all participants will receive the maximum amount (for a household of one, that’s $194/month) through June.
If students are eligible for SNAP, they are also automatically eligible for the Oregon Telephone Assistance Programs (Lifeline), a federal and state government program that reduces the monthly cost of phone or broadband service for qualifying low-income Oregon households. If you qualify you could be eligible to receive discounts on your phone and broadband bills or free cell phone and data service.
Applying for SNAP
Learn how to apply for SNAP benefits here. The Food Security Coordinator at the Student Sustainability Center and the Peer Wellness Advocates in UO’s Duck Nest can help you with the application process for SNAP. You can also call 211 for assistance with applying for SNAP. SNAP Enrollment events are also held each term by the Duck Nest and Student Sustainability Center. COMING SOON: We will be installing a chat feature that allows for remote help.
You can also access these brief videos that go over eligibility guidelines for a few different types of students. Click the video that fits your situation and find out if you might be eligible for SNAP!
Video Guide to Virtually Applying for SNAP
Listen to Connor from the Duck Nest Wellness Center provide tips on how to apply for SNAP benefits without leaving your home!
Video Guide to Confusing SNAP Application Questions
Listen to Connor from the Duck Nest Wellness Center work through how to answer some of the most confusing questions on the online SNAP application. At the end, Connor will also answer some frequently asked questions such as: “If I’m an out-of-state student, am I eligible for SNAP in Oregon?” and “Do I have to report SNAP benefits on my taxes?”
Video Guide to Applying for SNAP for All Students with Work Study
Listen to Sofia from the Student Sustainability Center explain eligibility for students with a Federal Work Study award. This is the most straight forward category of eligibility; if you have a federal work study award, you are more than likely eligible!
Video Guide to Applying for SNAP for Undergraduates without Work Study
Listen to Sofia from the Student Sustainability Center explain eligibility for undergraduate students without a Federal Work Study award. While not as straightforward a category of eligibility, there is still a chance that you could receive assistance!
Video Guide to Applying for SNAP for Graduate Students without Work Study
Listen to Sofia from the Student Sustainability Center explain eligibility for graduate students without a Federal Work Study award. Although not as straightforward as other categories of eligibility, there is still a chance that you could receive assistance!
Video Guide to Applying for SNAP for Students with Families
Listen to Sofia from the UO Student Sustainability Center explain eligibility for students with families!
I Love SNAP Because . . .
Nervous about applying for SNAP? Not sure if it’s for you? Listen to students from the University of Oregon talk about why they love SNAP and why you should apply!
Double Up Food Bucks
The Lane County Farmers Market, and more allow SNAP participants to get more bang for their buck! For example, at Lane County Farmers Market, SNAP participants can receive $2 in Double Up Food Bucks for every $2 of SNAP benefits that they redeem at the participating farmers market, up to $10 matched each market day. While SNAP benefits can be used for many food items, Double Up Food Bucks can only be used to purchase fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, beans, herbs, nuts, and veggie starts. Check out this map to get more information about participating farmers markets.
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
WIC provides finances for pregnant women, new mothers, young children, and others to purchase certain foods. Recipients must meet certain eligibility requirements. You can use this prescreening tool to see if you are eligible for WIC benefits.
Location: The Student Food Pantry HAS MOVED to 710 E. 17th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401 – Please note the new location! | Phone: 541-913-9114
Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Only for college students. Students may come once a week. Bring your student ID and a bag for food.
The Student Food Pantry—a ministry of the Episcopal Campus Ministry in Eugene and a partner agency with Food for Lane County—is open to all college students in the greater Eugene area. Founded in 2011, the pantry provides free supplemental food for college students. Depending upon availability, this may include canned fruits and vegetables, frozen vegetables and fresh vegetables; bread, rice, pasta and cereal; canned beans, soups and other protein sources; dairy products, frozen meats and meat substitutes. Additional quantities are given to students with children.
Hearth & Table– TEMPORARILY ON HOLD DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC; CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
Location: Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter St (right by campus)
Hours: Thursdays, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Central Lutheran Church’s professional chef, Ryan, prepares recipes each week based on ingredients available through the student food pantry or similar cheap options like bulk-buy, etc., for any student identifying as food-insecure. This meal is almost always vegetarian, with vegan and/or gluten-free options available upon request, prepared by a professional chef and rotating team of volunteers.
The program also offers opportunities to learn more about cooking. Chef Ryan loves to share tips and tricks working with the Hearth & Table prep crew. There is always opportunity for 4-6 students to sign up in any given week to work with him. Recipes are made available to all students, regardless of participation in the kitchen.
Produce Drop – TEMPORARILY ON HOLD DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC; CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
Hours: Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month
More details to come. Contact email@example.com for more information!
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). The Produce Drops occur every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Questions? Want to get involved and help run these programs? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ducks Feeding Ducks program provides a transfer of $10 into a student’s Duck Bucks account if they meet specific criteria. The funds are to be used within one week at any campus food venue that accepts Duck Bucks.
International Students Lunch– TEMPORARILY ON HOLD DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC; CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES
International students and allies are invited to come to a free lunch every Wednesday from 11:30-12:30PM at the Alpha Omega House (1332 Kincaid St, Eugene, OR 97401). Food is sponsored by local churches in Eugene. This is a great way to get a free meal and meet someone new.
Additional Food Pantry Locations
Emergency food pantries are open different days and times, and you are not required to visit a specific food pantry. Additional food pantry eligibility information can be found here.
Food Pantry Map
Trouble seeing the map? Check it out here.
Food Pantry Location Details
Food Pantry Eligibility Requirements
(These eligibility requirements do not apply to the Student Food Pantry.)
Food boxes are available at the listed pantries for those who meet USDA eligibility requirements (based on income or food stamp eligibility/proof of address). A food box is a 3-5 day supply of healthy groceries. It is possible to get up to 18 food boxes per year.
- If you have a permanent address you will be asked for proof of this (such as a utility bill).
- If you do not have proof of a permanent address or you do not have a permanent residence you can still receive food.
- You do not need to supply ID, a social security card or any proof of income to receive food.
- You can still receive a monthly food box if you already receive other benefits—such as food stamps or WIC.
Hot Meal Locations
Hot meal sites can be found in Eugene and beyond. You can use the map below to find a site near you, or you can find a site based on the day of the week using the calendars found on this page.
Meal Site Map
Trouble seeing the map? Check it out here. Pdf maps of these locations are available via Food for Lane County.
Meal Site Location Details
Additional Food Resources
The Dining Room
Location: 270 West Eighth Ave., Eugene (Between Lincoln and Charnelton) | Phone: 541-343-2822
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 12 pm—2:45 pm
The Food for Lane County’s Dining Room provides hot and nutritious free meals in a restaurant style atmosphere. It is run by a staff of volunteers. There is no eligibility requirement to get in. Waiters will wait on guests at tables as in a restaurant atmosphere.
Anyone over 18 years of age or children accompanied by parents can eat at the dining room. A meal at the Dining Room is free. The meal consists of a meat or vegetarian entrée, a potato or rice dish, vegetables, salad, dessert and a beverage. Families with small children and individuals with disabilities are seated as soon as they arrive.
Arriving by 1:00pm is recommended in order to secure a reservation.
Produce Plus is a Food for Lane County program that provides fruits and vegetables at community and neighborhood locations. The produce is provided free of charge for those who cannot regularly afford nutritious food.
Produce Plus is available to those living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. There is no program enrollment—anyone can receive this as long as they sign an agreement that they meet the income requirement.
School Lunch Program and Free Summer Meals
The School Lunch Program benefits school-aged children by providing a nutritionally balanced lunch. Families can now apply online for free or reduced school lunches. Paper applications are also available at schools. Individuals who are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) programs, are also eligible for free school meals. Find your nearest Summer Food Service Program meal site.
Page last updated 3/30/2020