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Newsroom SRS Awards $150,000 Grants for Food Assistance Outreach

Topeka – The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) has awarded $150,000 in grant funding to seven community agencies to conduct food assistance (food stamp) outreach across the state. 

The Food Assistance Outreach Pilot Grants aim to connect eligible consumers with monthly food assistance benefits. SRS will collaborate with grantees to increase participation of eligible households in the Food Assistance Program, in an effort to reduce the prevalence of hunger among Kansas households. 

Outreach efforts will be conducted across the state. Grantees are:

  • Catholic Social Services, Great Bend
  • Southeast Kansas Independent Living Resource Center, Inc, Parsons
  • Community Access Center, Independence
  • East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging, Ottawa
  • Catholic Charities, Inc., Pittsburg
  • Harvesters Community Food Network, Kansas City
  • Independence, Inc., Lawrence

The Food Assistance 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 Assistance Program actually participate and receive benefits. Outreach and education are powerful tools in overcoming barriers to food stamp participation. 

The grant period is October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2009.  Funding for these outreach efforts was made available in part due to the award of $1.5 million dollars to SRS from the United States Department of Agriculture for high performance in administration of the Food Assistance Program.