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Newsroom SRS Announces Food Stamp Outreach Pilot Grant
8/1/2007

Topeka- The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) announces new grant funding to conduct food stamp outreach across the state. 


The Food Stamp Outreach Pilot Grant aims to connect eligible consumers with monthly food stamp benefits. SRS will collaborate with local partners to increase participation of eligible households in the Food Stamp Program, in an effort to reduce the prevalence hunger among Kansas households. 


Funding of $150,000 will be provided in the form of grants. The maximum grant award will not exceed $30,000, and grants will be awarded with a fair distribution of pilots across the state.


Outreach programs should focus on direct services and innovative approaches that connect and guide consumers through the food stamp application process. SRS is seeking outreach plans for both rural and urban settings, as well as activities that target and engage families, elderly, or Hispanic populations.  


The Food Stamp Program helps low-income households supplement their food purchases, providing a critical safety net for hungry families. However, many individuals who are eligible for the program do not participate. 


Current estimates indicate that only 65% of Kansans who qualify for the Food Stamp Program actually participate and receive benefits. Outreach and education are powerful tools in overcoming barriers to food stamp participation. Pilot projects must focus on counties with a food stamp participation rate of 70% or less (see map).


“No Kansan should go to bed hungry,” said SRS Secretary Don Jordan. “This grant will help enroll eligible consumers in the Food Stamp Program at a local level.”


Applications are due September 10, 2007 and SRS will award the grants by October 1st. for more information click here or contact Susan Craig at susan.craig@srs.ks.gov.