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Snap Outreach Presentation 2013
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  • 1. St. Louis Area Foodbank2013 All Agency Conference
  • 2.  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • 3.  Formally the Food Stamp Program A Federal assistance program that helps low income households purchase healthy food. FY 2012 51 million people per month
  • 4.  Benefits are placed on a LINK card (like a debit card) SNAP puts benefits on card once a month Programs to help clients learn about healthier food options and exercise
  • 5.  Every $5 in new SNAP benefits = $9.20 in local economic activity. On average, $1 billion of retail food demand by SNAP recipients generates 3,300 farm jobs. 5% increase SNAP participation rate nationwide = 2.1 million more low-income people would have an additional $973 million in benefits each year to purchase healthy food.
  • 6.  Clients can still qualify even if they receive other benefits. Average monthly SNAP benefit per person is $133.85, or less than $1.50 a meal. SNAP currently reaches only 56 percent of eligible working poor households. Half of all new participants will leave the program within nine months.
  • 7.  48% of all participants are children 79% of all benefits go to households with children 58% of households with children are headed by single parents $711 is the average gross monthly income per SNAP household
  • 8.  90% of poor older adults – 87% of households with elderly are eligible for SNAP benefits 11.4% (over 5 million seniors) experienced some form of food insecurity 76% of SNAP households included an elderly person or a disabled person.
  • 9.  Myth: “I have a job; therefore, I do not qualify.” Myth: “If I received SNAP, I would not be able to receive food from a pantry.” Myth: “I have been denied before, so I won’t be able to get them now either.”
  • 10.  Myth: “SNAP is a welfare program.” Myth: “Other people need SNAP benefits more than I do.” Myth: “I only get $8 and it isn’t worth it.” ◦ Minimum in IL is $16
  • 11. People in Maximum Gross Monthly Maximum Gross MonthlyHousehold Income Income (Age 60 & Over or Disabled)1 $1,211 $1,8622 $1,640 $2,5223 $2,069 $3,1824 $2,498 $3,8425 $2,927 $4,5026 $3,356 $5,1627 $3,785 $5,8228 $4,214 $6,4829 $4,643 $7,14210 $5,072 $7,802
  • 12. Other Factors: Citizenship or immigration status Household Expenses ◦ i.e. utilities, rent or mortgage, medical, child care, etc. Non-work Income ◦ i.e. child support, Social Security, SSI, Veterans Affairs benefits, etc.
  • 13.  Apply online or submit a paper application to local DHS. 2-3 Weeks – client will receive a letter in the mail with date and time of DHS Interview ◦ Interview – face-to-face or via phone ◦ Interview – must submit all necessary documents
  • 14.  30 Days – client will receive a letter explaining eligibility status. If client is eligible, the amount of monthly benefits will be disclosed. 40-50 Days – if client is eligible, a LINK will be mailed to them and must be activated. 6 months – 1 year after clients receives card, client will need to renew SNAP benefits - notified via letter
  • 15.  Identity ◦ Examples: birth certificate, driver’s license, etc. Residency ◦ Examples: utility bills, rental agreement or mortgage statement Immigration Status ◦ Examples: Immigration or naturalization papers
  • 16.  Medical Expense Deduction ◦ Examples: billing statements, Medicare card indicating Part “B” drugs, etc. Earned Income ◦ Examples: pay stubs, income tax forms, statement from employer as to gross wages Unearned Income ◦ Examples: bank statements showing direct deposit, letter showing money received for Social Security, SSI, child support, etc.
  • 17.  Distributing accurate information Pre-screening clients ◦ Eligibility calculator Application assistance ◦ Online (Illinois) ◦ Paper applications  Universal – 2378B (IL)  SNAP – 0683 (IL) Redetermination
  • 18.  Help dissolve common misconceptions or negative feelings towards SNAP Lack of staff Lack of space Knowledge / Training
  • 19.  Client Choice Reduce strain on food pantry supply Providing additional assistance to clients in need Opportunity for progression/growth
  • 20.  Overcoming negative feelings towards SNAP or DHS/DSS Misinformation Transportation
  • 21.  Client Choice Chance to put food on the table for their children Keep elderly family members independent Make transition to self-sufficiency
  • 22.  Support local food retailers Generate economic activity ◦ $5 in new SNAP = $9.20 in community spending Support farms Leverage Federal funds A 5 percent increase in SNAP participation = $1.8 billion total in new economic activity Nationwide
  • 23.  Hosting STL Foodbank SNAP Outreach Coordinator ◦ Help advertise to clients ◦ Help advertise within your community Providing accurate information and materials ◦ Work to change perceptions of SNAP Refer clients to available services
  • 24.  Training sessions ◦ With STL Foodbank Coordinator ◦ Application Assistance Healthy buying and budgeting workshops
  • 25.  Stay informed and up-to-date on legislation pertaining to SNAP ◦ i.e. Farm Bill Write to local legislators
  • 26.  Seniors - vulnerable population that can sometimes be overlooked Senior centers and residential housing facilities Partnering with Meals on Wheels program ◦ Homebound Seniors – home visits and provide application assistance
  • 27.  Children ◦ School pantries ◦ Partnering with School districts in our service territory
  • 28.  USDA Food and Nutrition Service http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/faqs.htm Feeding America http://www.feedingamerica.org National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3-HUNGRY DHS (IL) or DSS (MO) ◦ http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30357 ◦ http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/fstamp/
  • 29.  Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2009, USDA FNS Feeding America http://blog.feedingamerica.org/tag/snap/ Illinois Hunger Coalition http://www.ilhunger.org/programs.html SNAP “Putting Healthy Food Within Reach: State Outreach Toolkit”, USDA FNS “The Benefits of Increasing SNAP Participation In Your State”, USDA FNS

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