About 141,000 low-income Oregonians won’t see cuts in their food stamps after Gov. John Kitzhaber agreed this week to meet new program criteria.
The cuts would have averaged $58 a month for 100,000 low-income Oregon households who participate in the Heat and Eat program. Under the program, participants who receive at least $1 in energy assistance, paid with federal dollars, also get a boost in food stamps.
New provisions under the farm bill signed into law last month require states to devote at least $20 to program participants.
“It was a decision the governor made to ensure low-income families don’t see their already minimal food budgets cut,” said Rachel Wray, a spokeswoman for the governor.