By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Because of an error, the Oregon Department of Human Services gave away $9.4 million in food benefits to people who didn’t qualify for the pandemic relief.
The agency has recovered $1.6 million, but it’s still working to retrieve $7.8 million issued mistakenly to 5,800 families. However, the agency won’t require people who have already spent the money to repay it, according to KTVZ.com
The agency mistakenly identified 26 districts as Community Eligible Provision schools, meaning they offered all students free meals regardless of income but couldn’t do so during the pandemic.
Altogether, Oregon issues $563 million in pandemic food benefits to nearly 429,000 students and children between July and October, including retroactive food benefits for the 2020-21 school year and summer of 2021.