Foodshare’s SNAP Outreach program staff announced on August 18 that they had already surpassed 2013’s year-end total for the number of people submitting SNAP applications. SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps, has the capacity to deliver six times as much food as Foodshare can distribute, and increasing the number of people receiving those benefits is a crucial part of solving hunger in greater Hartford.
Foodshare’s outreach program is unusual in that it relies on trained volunteers to help people fill out the complex application form. Those volunteers go into communities to work with clients, which removes the need for people to travel to a Department of Social Services office to submit their application. Between application help and simplifying logistics, the program helps reduce the two biggest hurdles for people applying for SNAP benefits.
You can help even more people this year by signing up to volunteer with our SNAP Outreach program.