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Catholic Charities helps eligible individuals apply for nutrition assistance program

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri press release

4/6/2016

For Immediate Release

CATHOLIC CHARITIES HELPS ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS

APPLY FOR NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

At Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO), we are committed to helping those who are eligible apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) assistance so that they and their families can live healthier lives.

 

SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) helps Missourians with low incomes get the food they need for nutritious and well-balanced meals.  Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of poverty and hunger, with long-term impacts on brain development and overall health. The added food and nutrition from SNAP benefits has been shown to create marked health improvements both in childhood and later years.

 

SNAP benefits also help individuals get through temporary hard times and climb out of poverty. By covering some of a household’s food expenses, it frees up vitally needed cash to be used to cover rent and other necessities. That can help people stabilize their lives and get back on their feet.

 

The SNAP program also targets our most vulnerable citizens, predominantly serving households with children, elderly, and disabled members. Although benefits are also available to able-bodied adults who have no children, these individuals must work at least 20 hours a week or meet other work requirements in order to receive SNAP benefits. If adults without children do not meet work requirements, they are limited to three months of benefits in any three-year period.

 

Finally, SNAP dollars go directly into grocery stores, helping local economies by creating demand for jobs and products.

 

Check out Feeding America’s website for more information at feedingamerica.org.

 

Roughly a quarter of Americans eligible for federal nutrition assistance do not sign up for it, according to the most recent data from the US Department of Agriculture.   Many families are not aware of this critical resource and may not realize that they qualify. You may be able to receive SNAP benefits if you are working for low wages; working part-time; unemployed; living with a disability; are older; or homeless.

 

Applying for assistance may seem a daunting task. At CCSOMO, we are committed to making the process easier. Through one-on-one interviews, we explain the overall program, including eligibility requirements. We then assist in completing a pre-screening to help determine eligibility. For those qualifying, we then help with the completion of the application and ensure that it gets through to the proper department for processing.

 

To determine if you qualify for SNAP benefits and for enrollment assistance, please call the Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri office at (573) 323-4044.

 

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