Do you or does someone you know need help buying groceries?
The Food Bank provides information to Westchester residents about SNAP, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program , formerly called Food Stamps). The Food Bank helps seniors people who are homebound, and Spanish-speaking populations with SNAP benefits information and eligibility prescreening.
SOME FACTS ABOUT SNAP
- 47.5% of SNAP participants are children.
- 76% of SNAP households included a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person.
- The average length of time a participant stays on the SNAP program is 9 months.
- SNAP participation closely follows unemployment. As the number of unemployed people increased 94% from 2007 to 2011, SNAP responded with a 70% increase in participation over the same period.
HOW SNAP WORKS
SNAP alleviates hunger and improves nutrition by increasing the food-purchasing power of low-income households, enabling them to get a more nutritious diet by preparing food at home.
The program is available to nearly anyone with little income and few resources who qualifies Many SNAP participants are children, elderly or disabled but you do not have to be in one of these groups to qualify for SNAP benefits.
Besides helping extend food dollars for SNAP beneficiaries, the program has additional benefits. In places where SNAP enrollment has increased, it has become a means of local economic growth, bringing millions of dollars each year into the local economy. The money helps to sustain communities, grocery stores and local food producers.
For more general information about SNAP, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ or call 1-800-342-3009 or contact the Westchester County Department of Social Services at 914-995-5000. For general information about SNAP benefits,
log onto https://www.mybenefits.ny.gov
THE FOOD BANK'S SNAP OUTREACH PROGRAM
- Prescreens potential recipients to determine eligibility to receive SNAP benefits
- Assists homebound seniors and the disabled with the SNAP application process, and
- Advocates to remove barriers to those in need of receiving SNAP assistance.
In Fiscal Year 2010-2011, the Food Bank for Westchester provided SNAP information and application prescreeing to 2,261 Westchester residents and helped 539 seniors, Spanish speakers and/or the homebound with SNAP applications via home visits.
HOW TO GET HELP
If you would like to arrange for a SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - information session at your agency or refer someone for a prescreening or application assistance, contact Maria Aguirre at the Food Bank for Westchester at (914) 909-9618 (direct line) or (914) 923-1100 (Food Bank main telephone number) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more general information about SNAP, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ or call 1-800-342-3009 or contact the Westchester County Department of Social Services at 914-995-5000.
For general information about SNAP benefits, log onto https://www.mybenefits.ny.gov