Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) addresses the nutritional needs of low-income families and is one of the nation's most important defenses against hunger. NTFB helps to increase enrollment through application assistance, education and outreach in our 13-county service area to overcome barriers to participation.
NTFB outreach coordinators answer questions about the application process and help clients complete and submit applications. NTFB's outreach team also assists with applications for CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and Medicaid. Our assistance is free to the applicants. In 2015, NTFB provided access to 25 million meals through the SNAP program with an estimated $67 million in SNAP funds distributed into the economy of our service area.
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The Growing Benefits program was created and implemented in 2014 thanks to a grant from Walmart, through Feeding America. This program increases awareness and participation among seniors in SNAP by educating them about the benefits of gardening, and explaining how they can use SNAP to purchase seeds for their garden, as well as purchase food from farmers markets.
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