New Family Outreach Interns Boost SNAP Applications

February 6, 2013 By: Sarah Krentz Category: WordPress Import

There’s an exciting new collaboration happening at Second Harvest Heartland! Our Child Hunger Department has joined forces with our SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly known as Food Stamps) Outreach team to develop a Family Outreach internship program.

Working with our agency partners and other community organizations, trained interns are stationed at a variety of sites across the Twin Cities to conduct pre-screenings with potential SNAP applicants. Interns use an online referral form, and within three minutes they are able to let a client know if they qualify for a variety of programs including SNAP benefits, energy assistance and medical assistance.

The internship program was piloted in the fall of 2012 with outstanding results! So far, over 1,000 clients have participated in the pre-screening process, and more than 400 were referred to SNAP Outreach Specialists for application assistance. This simple process has the potential to drastically increase access to much-needed programs, and we’re eager to see the program grow.

To find out more about the SNAP program and other services offered through Second Harvest Heartland, click here.

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