By Brenda Palomo and Scott Schuster, SNAP Outreach Coordinators
The Food Bank of Delaware introduces its newest program to help fight hunger – drum roll please – SNAP Outreach! The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, is designed to help people with low income have more purchasing power to afford more nutritious food. However, more than a quarter of those who are eligible for these benefits do not participate in SNAP.
For this reason, the Food Bank of Delaware, in cooperation with Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), has developed an outreach plan to facilitate the application process and spread the word about SNAP. With the help of our hunger-relief partners, and our hardworking volunteers, we will head out into the field to provide all the information and assistance that potentially eligible citizens may need to apply to the program. At the same time, we hope to fight stigmas about the program and promote its advantages, like the fact that every $5 of SNAP benefits creates $9 of additional economic activity for the state.
SNAP helps our community in more ways than one. Not only does it help provide nutritious food for those who cannot afford it, but it also helps fight our obesity epidemic, which saves millions in healthcare costs. It acts as an economic stimulus for our state, while helping those who are struggling through tough economic times get on their feet without having to sacrifice their health. Also, by providing potential applicants with all the information they need before they ever step foot into DHSS offices, we will relieve extra delays and lengthy paperwork for case workers.
With the help of the community, we believe this campaign can help Delaware make the most of all the opportunities for growth of the SNAP program. If you are interested in getting involved with our project, please contact us!
Scott Schuster (New Castle)
302-292-1305 ex. 252
Brenda Palomo (Kent and Sussex)
302-424-3301 ex. 107