The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is a federal program that helps families and individuals afford groceries. Bay Area Food Bank’s SNAP Outreach Program works with community organization and volunteers to reach households struggling with hunger who qualify for SNAP (Food Stamps), but are faced with barriers that keep them from participating in the application process.
The SNAP Outreach Team answers general questions about SNAP and provides materials to help the applicant prepare for an interview with a SNAP caseworker. By helping those who qualify get enrolled in the program, the food bank can focus resources on those who don’t qualify for SNAP but are nonetheless food insecure.
Where We Work
The SNAP Outreach Program, with help from the Food Bank Association of Alabama, the Department of Humans Resources, the AARP Foundation and AARP Alabama, provides services to the entire state of Alabama and Southern Mississippi. The program serves the southern portion of Alabama from the food bank’s Main Branch in Theodore, AL and serves northern Alabama from the AARP Alabama office in Montgomery, AL. In Mississippi the program serves 8 southern counties from the Knight Nonprofit Center in Gulfport, MS. At this point in time, the program does not conduct outreach in Florida.
Ways to Get Involved
• Host a SNAP Outreach Event
• Become a SNAP Outreach Trained Organization
• Become a SNAP Outreach Volunteer
If you or your organization is interested in bringing SNAP Outreach to your community, please call (251) 652-1617 ext. 145 in Alabama or (228) 896-6979 in Mississippi. You can also email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.