WHY IS SNAP IMPORTANT?
SNAP provides families with their basic nutritional needs to get them through temporary hard times. It helps people get back on their feet and on the road to a better life — in 2015, SNAP lifted 4.6 million Americans above the poverty line, including 2 million children and 366,000 seniors. Moreover, SNAP helps to ensure that children are given a fair chance at healthy adulthood, that seniors age with dignity and that family can care for themselves. SNAP is absolutely critical to making sure no one in America goes hungry.
On top of that, SNAP supports America’s economy and creates jobs. Research from Moody’s Analytics suggests that for every dollar spent by SNAP, 1.7 dollars are added to the economy. A 2010 study by the USDA found that for every $1 billion of added SNAP funding, between 8,900 and 17,000 jobs were created. By contrast, another study found that for every $1 billion in cuts, 11,437 jobs would be destroyed.
WHAT IS SNAP?
SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP is a federal program that helps millions of low-income Americans put food on the table. Across the United States there are 9.5 million families with children on SNAP. It is the largest program working to fight hunger in America.
HOW DOES SNAP WORK?
SNAP provides timely, targeted, and temporary benefits to people in need so that Americans have access to nutritious food. SNAP responds quickly to changes in our population, growing in response to increases in poverty and unemployment, and shrinking as the need is met and reduced. SNAP is administered by the states, which have considerable discretion to adapt the program to best meet the needs of their residents.
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR SNAP BENEFITS?
In order to apply for SNAP, you must fall at or below certain income guidelines listed below. Household size is determined by the number of people you prepare, eat, and share meals with.
HOW CAN SHFB HELP?
Second Harvest Food Bank is working alongside Feeding America to bring SNAP application assistance to our community. Nearly 15% of people who qualify for SNAP are not accessing the benefits because they are unsure how. SHFB is here to assist with your application process either over the phone or in-person. In doing so, we can make sure your application is properly filled out and ready for review. Please remember, it can take up to 30 days to be approved or denied.
Do you need assistance filling out your SNAP application? We are here to help. Whether you’re looking for eligibility information, applying, or re-certifying for benefits, our Outreach/Resource Specialist team can help you every step of the way.
Complete the form below and we’ll contact you within two business days to begin your SNAP application.
We can also support you over the phone at 937-325-8715 ext. 110.