Community Action makes getting food stamps a SNAP

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties was awarded $120,900 to establish a Food Support Program.  Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and Greater Twin Cities United Way, this program will increase both awareness of and access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) among low-income households throughout Community Action’s service area. 

In a recent report titled How Effective Are We?, Ramsey County Community Human Services stated that “In 2008, 60% of those eligible for food support in Ramsey County received their benefits.” Thousands of eligible Ramsey County residents are not receiving food support benefits. The report further noted that seniors in particular have a “lower rate of participation.”  Making food support available to eligible people frees up funds for other basic necessities such as transportation, rent and medical care.

Washington County has been subject to rising poverty and unemployment rates in recent years. According to the Washington County Office of Administration, the poverty rate among Washington County residents in 2008 was 4.7%.

“We want to reach people living in Ramsey and Washington counties who are eligible, but not yet receiving food support. We are excited about this opportunity to help our neighbors,” said Clarence Hightower, executive director for Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties.

Community Action will provide eligibility screening for 3,000 households and assist a minimum of 500 households through the application process so that they may secure their food support benefits. For more informaton call 651-603-5883 or email foodsupport@caprw.org.