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NH Food Bank-SNAP Outreach

SNAP is the new name for the Food Stamp Program and it stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The Food Bank is the only organization in the state formally conducting SNAP application assistance and conducts the majority of SNAP Outreach in the state. The state Food Stamp Program has minimal resources to conduct outreach. The rural nature and large geography of the northern counties presents a challenge when trying to develop outreach partners on a part-time basis. A VISTA member would be an asset to assist the Food Bank in building capacity to expand SNAP Outreach in this region of New Hampshire. The North Country of New Hampshire, for the purposes of this project include Grafton, Carroll and Coos Counties. There is not 100% participation of income eligible families in these hard to reach areas. The SNAP participation rates for people in Grafton, Carroll and Coos Counties are 53%, 47% and 75% respectively. SNAP benefits provide resources for families to purchas e food and participation in SNAP helps raise families out of poverty and improve food security. A VISTA member would provide capacity for the Food Bank to develop a remote SNAP Outreach program by training volunteers of partner agencies to provide online application assistance.

Member Duties : SNAP benefits provide resources for impoverished families to purchase food, and participation in SNAP helps raise families out of poverty and improve food security. The VISTA Member, working with the NH Food Bank SNAP Outreach team will assist in building program capacity by recruiting and training volunteers of social service agencies in Grafton, Carroll and Coos County who will assist clients with online SNAP applications. The goal is to recruit 10 agencies with whom the VISTA can recruit and train volunteers to provide this service to clients. The goals are to recruit 10 agencies, a minimum of 20 volunteers, conduct training sessions for all volunteers, and develop a process manual for the Food Bank SNAP Outreach Team to sustain volunteer capacity in the North Country.

Program Benefits :
Living Allowance , Relocation Allowance , Health Coverage , Training , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Childcare assistance if eligible .

Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development , Hunger , Community Outreach .

Skills :
Leadership , Recruitment , Community Organization , Team Work , Computers/Technology , Communications , General Skills , Writing/Editing , Public Speaking .

Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA Program
NH Food Bank-SNAP Outreach
Program Start/End Date
06/21/2014 – 06/20/2015
Work Schedule Full Time
Education level
Some College
Age Requirement
Minimum: 18 Maximum: None
Program Locations NEW HAMPSHIRE
Accepting Applications
From 03/11/2014 To 06/17/2014
Contact Renee Perreault
215 Myrtle St
Manchester NH 03104

AmeriCorps VISTA
Listing ID 53288

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Last updated: Thursday, March 06, 2014, 12:12 PM

several, New York
AmeriCorps/NH Food Bank
Renee Perreault or Helen Costello
215 Myrtle St
Manchester, New Hampshire 03104
United State