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Food Stamp Training & Advocacy


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With approximately 1.4 million people relying on soup kitchens and food pantries in our city, access to the federal Food Stamp program (also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) is an essential issue for our low-income New Yorkers who struggle to afford food. As the premiere food stamp outreach and enrollment organization throughout the five boroughs, the Food Bank For New York City provides support, outreach and application assistance to more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually. To ensure that eligible New Yorkers have access to this key piece of the hunger safety net, the Food Bank's Food Stamp Training & Advocacy program helps hundreds of community-based organizations citywide act as food stamp resource and application centers for their communities.

Utlizing years of food stamp expertise developed through our Food Stamp Direct Service & Outreach program, the Food Bank's Training & Advocacy program offers innovative workshops that equip community agencies with the tools to successfully implement a food stamp access program. Recognizing that one size does not fit all for community-based organizations with often-limited staff and resources, the Food Bank offers three participation levels that can be scaled and customized to fit any agency. Each workshop covers a different component of food stamp access, from community outreach to facilitated application assistance.

To provide community organizations with an opportunity to get involved in citywide food stamp efforts, the Food Bank has organized a Food Stamp Task Force. The monthly meeting of the Food Stamp Task Force consists of service providers, federal, state and local government representatives and advocates who convene to discuss how food stamp policy impacts outreach and application assistance.

Learn more about the Food Bank's Food Stamp Training & Outreach participation levels:

Community Outreach
Too many New Yorkers who are eligible for food stamps do not receive the benefits they are entitled to — in many cases because they have been turned down in the past or have never applied. Learn the answers to basic questions on food stamp eligibility, how to engage clients and break down barriers to enrollment, and find out how community agencies in NYC can begin to conduct outreach for food stamps and other benefits.

Food Stamp Application Assistance
These trainings enable community agencies to help clients apply for food stamps, thereby expanding beyond community outreach. Community agencies can provide application assistance by estimating a food stamp budget, document readiness and mediation.

Facilitated Application Submission
Facilitated Application Submission is the easiest, fastest and most reliable way to get food stamps from a community-based location. Local organizations are approved to electronically submit Food Stamp applications and supporting documents from their site, decreasing the processing time for the application. The Food Bank provides training and technical assistance to select organizations on becoming a facilitated application submission site.

Contact Emanuel Negron, Director of Benefits Access, for information on how your organization can become a food stamp resource in your community.

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