Applying for SNAP can be a long, convoluted process. The Food Bank's experts help clients through the process.
We know one of the easiest ways to improve your health is by making changes to your diet. For many of our neighbors, the healthy choice isn't the easiest choice when it could mean not making rent, or paying for medicine. That’s where our Social Services Outreach team can help Central Texans make informed decisions and educate them about their potential eligibility in nutrition assistance programs.
In this interview with UK based newspaper Guardian, Melissa Helber, Social Services Outreach Manager explains that all types of families from all walks of life are taking advantage of our social services to help improve their nutrition. Our work is not about meeting quotas for food stamp (now called SNAP) enrollment, but educating people about their options, and helping them along the way in applying for assistance.
With the help of the state, we’ve invested in six bilingual social services coordinators to do outreach and support the state’s goal of increasing enrollment in food stamps. Stigmas associate with those receiving food stamps and a complex application process has resulted in a low enrollment in Texas. Our focus is on reaching Central Texans with high barriers to enrollment, and providing these individuals and families with one-on-one support throughout the process. Check out the article to learn more about our approach.