WHAT IS SNAP?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is one of the most effective and efficient ways to end hunger in our state. This federal program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, currently serves more than 405,000 Connecticut residents, with thousands more applying each month. This necessary benefit gives many individuals the chance to provide nutritious and healthy meals to their families, yet the program is still highly underutilized.Take the SNAP Challenge and learn what it's like to live on the average benefit of $4.40/day!
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WHY SUPPORT SNAP?
Currently, over 30% of SNAP eligible households in Connecticut are not receiving benefits. If we can increase participation by just 5% the additional amount of food purchased in Connecticut would be more than what Foodshare can distribute in a whole year!
INCREASING SNAP PARTICIPATION
Foodshare began a SNAP Outreach program in 2008 with a goal of increasing participation rates by helping those who qualify apply for the benefit. It all began with one full-time staff person and a small group of volunteers. Since that time, the program has grown to include 20 trained volunteers completing 40-70 hours of SNAP outreach every month in the form of pre-screening and application assistance.
Eligibility into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is determined by income. A family’s gross monthly income must be below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level in order to be found eligible for the program. Expenses such as rent and utilities are taken into consideration only after eligibility is determined. Expenses will help determine how much the applicant will receive.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
As the SNAP program grows, so do the number of outreach sites, which is why Foodshare is always looking to engage new volunteers. We offer training to ensure you are comfortable screening potential applicants and helping them through the application process. Maybe you’re not comfortable working directly with clients….that’s OK. Ensuring that food security issues become important agenda items for political, business, and other community leaders is just as important. That means advocating on behalf of those in need by supporting federal nutrition programs to build a stronger and more effective safety net!