Food Bank of Central New York Receives $51,700 Grant from the Walmart Foundation to Support SNAP Education and Outreach

Monday, July 24, 2017

Food Bank of Central New York today announced a $51,700 grant from the Walmart Foundation to help fight hunger in central and northern New York through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education and outreach. SNAP is the largest federal assistance program working to fight hunger in America. More than 70% of SNAP benefits go to households with children, yet 17 percent of Americans eligible for SNAP currently do not receive this benefit. Only 41 percent of eligible seniors are enrolled.

With this grant, Food Bank of Central New York hopes to increase access to SNAP among eligible households, with particular emphasis on reaching seniors, families with children, and other vulnerable populations. This grant will allow the Food Bank to establish a call center staffed by a full-time screener. The call center will allow us to expand our vital SNAP services to outlying areas of the region and simultaneously support enhanced outreach capacity of existing outreach staff as they will be able to increase SNAP awareness activities.

“No one should worry about where they will find their next meal. Every day, Food Bank of Central New York helps to provide food to the 1 in 8 people who struggle with hunger in central and northern New York. But we can’t end hunger alone. Programs like SNAP help to fill a critical gap for people in need,” said Kathleen Stress, Executive Director, Food Bank of Central New York.

SNAP provides more than nutrition assistance; it helps improve families’ overall well-being. With lower grocery bills, people are better able to pay for other basic necessities like rent or mortgages, medical expenses, utilities and transportation. According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service Report, SNAP is critical to moving families into long-term food security.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation provide donations of both food and funds to the Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks. Locally, Walmart and the WalMart foundation have provided store grants, state grants, volunteers, grants through Feeding America, and food donations to support our work.

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