So what is SNAP anyway?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, is a fully-funded federal program to assist low income individuals and families with purchasing food. As of 2004, all SNAP benefits are administered through cards similar to debit or credit cards called EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) Cards which areautomatically loaded at the beginning of every month. In 2008, the Food Stamp Program was renamed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in part to remove the stigma of food stamps from a program that effectively addresses hunger and poverty in America.
Why does SNAP matter?
In communities across the country, individuals and families spend countless hours going to food pantries and soup kitchens to stay fed, which impedes their ability to work a steady job and take care of their children as well as their elderly and disabled family members. In addition to freeing up time to put towards gainful employment and taking care of loved ones, SNAP also reduces poverty and grows the economy. Each year, SNAP lifts millions of Americans out of poverty and every dollar of new benefits generates $1.80 of economic activity, often in communities that need it most.
Why do SNAP outreach?
Many people are eligible for SNAP benefits but have not applied for a number of reasons. One of the most effective ways to address hunger in your community is to raise awareness about SNAP and connect those in need to the resources that can assist them in applying for and receiving benefits. Using the tools below, you can recruit volunteers to do this outreach, equip them with the necessary knowledge about SNAP, and allow them opportunities to practice scenarios they may encounter out in the community. Click the tiles below to download these comprehensive resources!
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