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.