Description: State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) agencies have the option to conduct program informational activities (outreach) to inform low-income households about the availability, eligibility requirements, application procedures and the benefits of SNAP (Section 11(e) (1) (A) of The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008.) State SNAP agencies can receive reimbursement for approximately 50 percent of their administrative costs for outreach to low-income people. States can develop an outreach plan at their option. Community and faith-based organization may serve as contractors under the State outreach plan or the State may conduct the work “in-house.” Outreach raises awareness of the nutrition benefits of SNAP, eligibility rules, and how to apply. SNAP outreach corrects myths and misperceptions about SNAP and enables potentially eligible people to make an informed decision to participate. State agencies that conduct outreach activities are encouraged to submit an outreach plan to the appropriate regional office for review and approval.Even a small increase in SNAP participation can have a substantial economic impact since every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates $9.20 in additional community spending.
Funding title: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach
Agency Name: United States Deptment of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Express Language for Legal Aid: No, but legal assistance has been included in a number of past state budget plans.
Target Population: Potential SNAP recipients
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes, 50% for State SNAP agency.
How to Apply: State SNAP agencies submit outreach plan to USDA.
Eligible Applicants: State SNAP agencies
Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/Outreach_Plan_Guidance.pdf
Link to Full Announcement: http://www.fns.usda.gov/outreach/state-outreach-plan-guidance