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Newsroom Wichita Regional SRS Office to Accept Food Stamp Award

U.S. Department of Agriculture gives Hunger Champion Honorable Mentor Award
Topeka- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will present the Wichita Regional SRS Office with the Food Stamp Hunger Champion Honorable Mentor Award on Monday, December 11, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. in the Capital, room 313 South. The Food Stamp Hunger Champions Program honors local offices that have demonstrated exemplary services in assisting eligible clients obtain food stamp benefits.
The award will be presented by Clarence Carter, USDA Deputy Administrator for the Food Stamp Program along with Darlene Barnes, Regional Administrator and Jody Cornwell, Food Stamp Director for the Mountain Plains Region. The Wichita office was selected from 79 nominations submitted to the USDA. Community Project, an SRS advisory council of 27 organizations in Sedgwick County, nominated Wichita's local SRS Office for this award.
According to Karole Bradford of Inter-Faith Ministries and member of Community Project, The Wichita SRS is both creative and diligent in its efforts to increase access to food stamps in Sedgwick County. Its outreach efforts help to bring community partners together during this period of increased hunger and poverty. This is a tremendous and well-deserved honor for SRS.
We're privileged to be nationally recognized for our continuing efforts to provide food assistance to families, says Jean Hogan, Regional Director of SRS. SRS and the State of Kansas believe that all families will thrive when they have food security or the adequate nutrition to lead healthy, active lives.
SRS provides food assistance to approximately 46,000 individuals in Sedgwick County. Nearly half of those recipients are children. SRS estimates at least 3,000 people in the county could receive assistance but have not applied.
The USDA will also present the State of Kansas with a Food Stamp High Performance Bonus in the amount of $1,590,582 for payment accuracy.