S.N.A.P. Benefits for “hot meals” extended

MEDFORD, Ore. — Hot meals benefits are extended through the end of the year.

Oregon received approval to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and Disaster SNAP recipients in 23 counties to purchase hot or prepared foods from authorized snap retailers until December 31st.

The list includes Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties.

Normally SNAP benefits cannot be used to purchase hot meals, but the restriction is waived because severe winds and wildfires this year left many people without access to a kitchen.

NBC5 News reporter/weather forecaster Aaron Nilsson is a Southern California native, but most recently lived in Seattle. He's also lived in Sweden and Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Scandinavian Studies. While at BYU, he covered sports for BYUtv. Aaron is not new to the Medford/Klamath Falls market. He was a local TV journalist from 2013-2017. Outside the station, Aaron enjoys music, traveling, sports, movies, and cooking. His favorite sport is soccer.
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