St. Louis Area Foodbank2013 All Agency Conference
 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
   Formally the Food Stamp Program   A Federal assistance program that helps low    income households purchase healthy f...
 Benefits are placed on a LINK card (like a  debit card) SNAP puts benefits on card once a month Programs to help clien...
   Every $5 in new SNAP benefits = $9.20 in    local economic activity.   On average, $1 billion of retail food demand  ...
   Clients can still qualify even if they receive    other benefits.   Average monthly SNAP benefit per person is    $13...
   48% of all participants are children   79% of all benefits    go to households with children   58% of households wit...
   90% of poor older adults – 87% of    households with elderly are eligible    for SNAP benefits   11.4% (over 5 millio...
   Myth: “I have a job; therefore, I do not    qualify.”   Myth: “If I received SNAP, I would not be able    to receive ...
   Myth: “SNAP is a welfare program.”   Myth: “Other people need SNAP benefits    more than I do.”   Myth: “I only get ...
People in   Maximum Gross Monthly   Maximum Gross MonthlyHousehold   Income                  Income (Age 60 & Over or     ...
Other Factors: Citizenship or immigration status Household Expenses    ◦ i.e. utilities, rent or mortgage, medical, chil...
   Apply online or submit a paper application to    local DHS.   2-3 Weeks – client will receive a letter in the    mail...
   30 Days – client will receive a letter    explaining eligibility status. If client is    eligible, the amount of month...
   Identity    ◦ Examples: birth certificate, driver’s license, etc.   Residency    ◦ Examples: utility bills, rental ag...
   Medical Expense Deduction    ◦ Examples: billing statements, Medicare card      indicating Part “B” drugs, etc.   Ear...
   Distributing accurate information   Pre-screening clients    ◦ Eligibility calculator   Application assistance    ◦ ...
 Help   dissolve common misconceptions or    negative feelings towards SNAP   Lack of staff   Lack of space   Knowledg...
 Client Choice Reduce strain on food pantry supply Providing additional assistance to clients in  need Opportunity for...
   Overcoming negative feelings towards SNAP    or DHS/DSS   Misinformation   Transportation
 Client Choice Chance to put food on the table for their  children Keep elderly family members independent Make transi...
   Support local food retailers   Generate economic activity    ◦ $5 in new SNAP = $9.20 in community spending   Suppor...
 Hosting  STL Foodbank SNAP Outreach    Coordinator    ◦ Help advertise to clients    ◦ Help advertise within your commun...
   Training sessions    ◦ With STL Foodbank Coordinator    ◦ Application Assistance   Healthy buying and budgeting works...
   Stay informed and up-to-date on legislation    pertaining to SNAP    ◦ i.e. Farm Bill   Write to local legislators
   Seniors - vulnerable population that can    sometimes be overlooked   Senior centers and residential housing    facil...
   Children    ◦ School pantries    ◦ Partnering with School districts in our service      territory
   USDA Food and Nutrition Service    http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/faqs.htm   Feeding America    http://www.feedingameri...
 Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition  Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year  2009, USDA FNS Feeding America  ...
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Snap Outreach Presentation 2013

  1. 1. St. Louis Area Foodbank2013 All Agency Conference
  2. 2.  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 17.  Distributing accurate information Pre-screening clients ◦ Eligibility calculator Application assistance ◦ Online (Illinois) ◦ Paper applications  Universal – 2378B (IL)  SNAP – 0683 (IL) Redetermination
  18. 18.  Help dissolve common misconceptions or negative feelings towards SNAP Lack of staff Lack of space Knowledge / Training
  19. 19.  Client Choice Reduce strain on food pantry supply Providing additional assistance to clients in need Opportunity for progression/growth
  20. 20.  Overcoming negative feelings towards SNAP or DHS/DSS Misinformation Transportation
  21. 21.  Client Choice Chance to put food on the table for their children Keep elderly family members independent Make transition to self-sufficiency
  22. 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. 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. 24.  Training sessions ◦ With STL Foodbank Coordinator ◦ Application Assistance Healthy buying and budgeting workshops
  25. 25.  Stay informed and up-to-date on legislation pertaining to SNAP ◦ i.e. Farm Bill Write to local legislators
  26. 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. 27.  Children ◦ School pantries ◦ Partnering with School districts in our service territory
  28. 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. 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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