Topeka – The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS)
announces new grant funding to conduct food assistance (food stamp) outreach
across the state.
The Food Assistance Outreach Pilot Grant aims to connect eligible consumers
with monthly food assistance benefits. SRS will collaborate with local partners
to increase participation of eligible households in the Food Assistance Program,
in an effort to reduce the prevalence of hunger among Kansas households.
Funding of $150,000 will be provided in the form of grants, with the maximum
grant award not to exceed $25,000. Grants will be awarded to provide 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 assistance 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
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.
“We want to ensure no Kansan has to go to bed hungry,” said SRS Secretary Don
Jordan. “These outreach efforts are imperative to increase both awareness of the
program and enrollment of eligible individuals and families at the local
Applications are due August 1, 2008 and SRS will award the grants by October
1st. Additional information is available by contacting Susan Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org.