The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is a federal program that helps families and individuals afford groceries. The SNAP Outreach Program works with community organizations to reach households who qualify for SNAP benefits, but are faced with barriers that keep them from participating in the application process.
The SNAP Outreach Team will answer general questions about SNAP benefits and provide materials to help the applicant prepare for an interview with a caseworker. By helping enroll qualifying participants in the program, the food bank can free up resources for those in need that do not qualify to receive SNAP benefits.
Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC)
The BEC helps eligible low-income seniors and people with disabilities find and enroll in benefits programs. This helps clients put money towards necessities like prescriptions, insurance, and housing costs.
Our team helps seniors navigate the application process for the following benefits programs:
- SNAP Assistance
- Medicare Part D Extra Help (or Low-Income Subsidy, LIS)
- Medicare Savings Program
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
- Free Cell Phone
- Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
The BEC offers your agency the following resources:
- In-person screening and application assistance at your facility.
- Person-centered, appointments with the BEC Helpline.
- Training opportunities for agencies or volunteers interested in doing outreach in their community.
- Promotional material that you can provide to clients who may be eligible.
If you know of someone who needs help today, please refer them to our free confidential BEC Helpline at 1-877-833-2550.
Where We Work
Feeding the Gulf Coast partners with the Food Bank of North Alabama and the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama to provide SNAP Outreach to the entire state of Alabama. Feeding the Gulf Coast also partners with the National Council on Aging and the Mississippi Food Network to provide assistance in south Mississippi.
If you or your organization is interested in bringing SNAP Outreach to your community, please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why SNAP Benefits Are Important
Learn More About Our SNAP Outreach Program
To learn more or to find out ways you can get involved or receive help, call our SNAP Outreach Coordinators at (251) 653-1517 ext. 145 for Alabama or (228) 896-6427 for Mississippi.