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Your Oregon food stamps card can do so much more than buy groceries. The coolest attractions in Portland and Salem have some truly amazing Oregon Trail Card discounts. The EBT funds can also be used in some surprising places. Keep reading to find out more!
Here’s what you need to know about your Oregon EBT can do for you!
At Low Income Relief, we love to help people save money and get free stuff! We write extensively about food stamps and have a lot of content that can help you if you use an Oregon food stamps!
- Apply for Oregon Food Stamps on the government website. Here is the fast and easy way to apply for food benefits.
- Cell phones and service may be available FREE in your area! Choose a provider here.
- Internet from Comcast, CenturyLink, AT&T and more for just $5-$10 per month?! It’s true! Click here to see all the discounted Internet programs you could qualify for.
- Know what you can buy. Most people don’t know that they can buy seeds, plants and some gift baskets with EBT. We’ve got all the info, straight from the USDA!
- Power companies often have low income programs, including special low rates or free home improvement services! We received over $18,000 in free home improvements through these programs. Discover what your company offers here.
- Property tax exemptions are often available for low income seniors and disabled veterans! For more info on what it is and how to apply, contact your local county assessor’s office. We even received a refund for the last two years of property taxes!
- Student loan payments could be as low as ZERO dollars per month with an income based repayment plan!
- Summer food services offer free meals for children 18 and under during the summer months when free and low-cost school meals aren’t available.
- Veterinary care assistance is available! If you have a pet, then you need to know about these agencies that may be able to assist with your pet’s vet bills.
- YMCA organizations often have discounts for low income families! Contact your local YMCA for details.
- You could qualify for more food stamps funds! When I was receiving food stamps, I filled out the paperwork wrong. I didn’t know it at the time but I could’ve received hundreds of dollars per month in extra food stamps! If you are struggling to buy enough groceries each month, then you really need to read this post!
- You can even get cash back from your food stamps card! It’s true and it’s legal – no cash benefits required. One of our readers earned an additional $437.84 just by shopping with her food stamps card. She uses that extra money to buy diapers, wipes and other essentials.
Get incredible discounts with Oregon food stamps!
- Amazon offers discounted Amazon Prime memberships for customers who receive either EBT or Medicaid benefits! You’ll need to verify that you receive either food stamps or Medicaid to get this incredible price.
- Buy gift baskets and more! No joke – this is all part of the actual federal food stamps law. Here’s a list of unexpected things you can actually buy with your food stamps funds.
- Shop at these retailers! Did you know that Costco, farmer’s markets and even you-pick strawberry fields can accept EBT benefits? Some retailers even give you either discounts or free stuff if you shop there with your food stamps card!
- Community Cycling Center offers a 20% shop discount!
- People’s Co-Op offers a 5% discount on everything (not just food!) for Oregon food stamps recipients AND offers $10 in matching funds for EBT shoppers each week!
- Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative delivers fresh, organic produce boxes every week.
- Leonardi’s Pizza (inside Winco) will accept Oregon food stamps for take and bake. Pay $1 cash per pizza to have it cooked on site! Thanks, Jessica!
Get discounted admission with your Oregon food stamps card!
In order to make this list easy to use, we’ve organized it alphabetically by city and used green titles for museums that accept out-of-state EBT cards. All other locations require Oregon food stamps cards.
It is important to realize that you cannot pay for admission with your Oregon food stamps card. You will show the EBT card to receive the discount but you will need to pay the remaining admission price, if any, in cash or with a credit/debit card.
Albany Regional Museum – Donation Only
My kids would LOVE to visit Albany Regional Museum, just for the train exhibits!
City Pools – $10 for 10 visits
If you get Oregon food stamps, then you can get an Albany City pool pass for 1/3 the price! You’ll pay $10 for a 10 visit punch card instead of the regular $30 rate! In order to qualify, you’ll need to show your Oregon Trail card and request the subsidized card at City Hall’s Parks & Recreation counter.
These cards are only available as long as funding lasts, but if you use your card you may be able to request another as long as the cards are still available.
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum – $3 per person
ScienceWorks is an interactive science center designed to both amaze and inspire people of all ages. The museum features many exhibits, an outdoor garden, live science shows and engaging programs year-round.
Columbia River Maritime Museum – $3 per person
With an Oregon Trail Card, up to four people can visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum for just $3 per person! This museum explores the extreme forces of the Columbia River, the role of the US Coast Guard and Columbia River Bar Pilots. They also have a floating lighthouse, the lightship Columbia, which can be toured.
High Desert Museum – $2 per person
Since 1982, the High Desert Museum has been rated as Central Oregon’s top attraction by Trip Advisor. And a single Oregon food stamps card can be used to get this discount for up to two adults and four children!
The Museum sprawls across 135 acres and more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, including an authentic 1904 homestead and sawmill. You’ll be able to get close up with native wildlife like river otters, bobcat, porcupines, owls, badgers, hawks and badgers. You’ll also talk with historic characters about early Oregon explorers and settlers.
Cascade Locks Historical Museum – $3 or less per person
Located inside one of the three original locktender’s homes, the Museum overlooks the original lock and canal. While you’re here, you can see the first steam engine built on the Pacific Coast.
Adventure! Children’s Museum – $1 per person
Have an adventure in Lane County, Oregon! For years, Adventure! has been roaming Lane County as a mobile museum with fun mini-exhibits and activities. If you remember that, then you’ll love their official brick-and-mortar museum in the Valley River Center!
Eugene Science Center – $1 per person
For just $1, up to six family members can receive admission to the Eugene Science Center (formerly known as the Science Factory). Also, for another $1 each, you’ll be able to see a stargazing planetarium show!
Museum of Natural and Cultural History – $1 per person or $5 per family
Experience the natural and cultural history of Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and the world at large at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History in Oregon. Exhibits showcase 14,000 years of Oregonian history through interactive exhibits, technology and world-class collections.
SMJ House – $1 per person or $5 per family
The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House is an iconic Victorian mansion in the heart of Eugene. This venue joined the Museums for All program in August 2021.
Schmidt Historical House Museum – up to $3 per person
The Schmidt House Museum and Library also participates in the Museums for All program.
Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals – up to $3 per person
Browse this world-class collection that has been recognized as one of the finest in the PNW and one of the best in the nation. Located just outside Portland, this museum also showcases fossils, meteorites, lapidary art, gemstones and more.
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum – $3 or less per person
This facility has something for everyone! Their aeronautic displays include designs from the Wright Brothers to an actual Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. It also has a massive wooden airplane called Spruce Goose that was built in WWII.
Kid Time Children’s Museum – $30 per 6 month membership
Kid Time offers scholarship memberships to qualifying families! If you pay just $30, then you could receive unlimited admission for up to six months! Of course, you’ll need to fill out a scholarship application and prove your eligibility.
At this time, your family must include at least one child under the age of 8 years to be eligible for this. In addition, you must also receive public assistance, be a licensed foster care parent, have a child receiving free or reduced school lunches or be a student enrolled in school.
Benton County Historical Society – FREE!
This museum is always free!
BIKETOWN- $3 per month
BIKETOWN offers a discounted program for low income Portland residents. You may qualify if you have an Oregon Trail card or another assistance program. With the discounted program, you will pay just $5 per month. You’ll get the first month free through the Biketown For All program. You’ll also get a free bike helmet!
Architectural Heritage Center – $3 or less per person
Portland’s Architectural Heritage Center seeks to preserve Portland’s unique architecture through educational programs, tours and more. Admission is usually $7 per person, but with an EBT card you can visit for $3 or less per person! Student memberships are also free, with emailed photo of your student ID.
Portland Children’s Museum – $2 per person per visit OR $20 per family per year!
If you receive WIC, Oregon food stamps, Medicaid, TANF, and either free or reduced student lunches, you can visit the Portland Children’s Museum for just $2 per person! In order to receive this discount, you will have to provide proof of your participation in one of these programs.
If you live within 35 miles of the museum, then you may qualify for an even better deal! The Portland Children’s Museum offers $20 annual memberships for local families with children ages 0 t0 12. In order to be eligible, you must participate in any form of public assistance, including either EBT or Medicaid.
The membership provides unlimited admission for two named adults, four named children, one named caregiver and two free guests each visit! That’s such a great deal!
Oregon Historical Society – FREE
An Oregon food stamps card can provide both free admission for up to four people and a 10% discount in the museum store.
Oregon Zoo – $5 per person
If you participate in one of the following programs, then you can buy up to six markedly discounted zoo tickets for just $9 per person! Children 2 and under are always free.
To qualify for this discount you will need to show proof that you have Oregon food stamps, Washington food stamps, Medicaid, CHIP, Section 8, WIC, TANF or are participating in another qualifying program.
Arts for All – $5 tickets for 2 people
The Arts for All program provides discounted tickets to “Portland’s best music, theater and dance groups.” If you have Oregon food stamps, then you can buy two tickets for just $5 each!
Tickets must be purchased by contacting the participating group rather than the Arts for All program. There are presently 68 participating groups, including Broadway Rose Theater Company, Chamber Music Northwest, Light Opera of Portland, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Portland Rose Festival Foundation.
For a full list of participants, visit the Arts for All website.
Bush House Museum – FREE
Both individuals and families with an Oregon food stamps card can receive free admission to the Bush Barn Art Center.
Gilbert House Children’s Museum- – $40 per family per year
Families receiving any sort of public assistance can purchase an annual membership for less than half the usual price. Two named adults and four named children can receive unlimited admission all year long for just $40! You can also receive discounts on classes, camps, parties and gift shop purchases!
SalemforAll.org maintains a list of discounted (and sometimes free) recreation opportunities for Oregon food stamps card (EBT Card) holders.
Fort Dalles Museum and Anderson Homestead – $3 or less per person
One of Oregon’s oldest history museums is now participating in Museums for All! You can view the unique collection of pioneer and military artifacts, including an antique wagon, while walking the grounds of this 1800s military fort.
Barn Exhibit Hall and Harlow House Museum – each $3 or less per person
The Troutdale Historical Society hosts 3 museums and likes to say, “All of our business is old business at the Troutdale Historical Society.” Their museums include a 1926 style barn and exhibit, the turn of the century Harlow House, and the historic landmark, The Depot Museum.