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Toolkit for State Administrators

Partnerships in Program Delivery and Outreach

  o Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    SNAP provides monthly benefits to purchase food items at approved stores. Faith-based and community organizations can engage in outreach and education to help improve program access to those eligible, especially in under-served communities.
 
    -- Guidance for participation of drug addiction and alcohol treatment programs and rehabilitation programs in SNAP
    -- The State Outreach Plan guide offers suggestions for how to incorporate community organizations into state agency outreach activities.
    -- The Community Partner Toolkit includes an in-depth section on how to conduct media relations and develop community partnerships.
    -- The State and Local Toolkit provides in-depth information on how to develop and maintain collaborative partnerships.
 
      Example of Successful Partnership:
      West Haven Community House
 
  o Summer Food Service Program
    Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) allows children to have a nutritious meal when school is out during summer months by providing reimbursements to schools and other nonprofit organizations providing nutritionally qualified meals. Faith-based and community organizations can not only participate as sites or sponsors, but can provide volunteers, transportation, and other services to support the program.
 
    -- This toolkit discusses how faith-based and community organizations can participate in the Summer Food Service Program.
    -- The Best Practices guide offers new and innovative ideas for Summer Food Service Program administering agencies, sponsors, and sites.
    -- The Summer Food Service Program Library contains valuable outreach and resource materials.
 
      Example of Successful Partnership:
      Joycliff Community Lifelong Resource Center
 
  o Child and Adult Care Food Program
    Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day care, children in after-school programs, and displaced families in homeless shelters. Faith-based and community organizations often operate programs that serve low-income populations in these settings.
 
    -- This toolkit discusses how faith-based and community organizations can participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
    -- The Best Practices guide provides information on outstanding CACFP activities and practices, including in the areas of outreach and community partnerships.
 
      Example of Successful Partnership:
      Transformation Preschool
 
  o Woman Infant and Child (WIC) Program
    Woman Infant and Child (WIC) Program strives to improve the health of low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding new mothers, and infants and children up to 5 years old by providing supplemental foods, nutrition education, and access to health services. Faith-based and community organizations can refer mothers to the program or provide WIC services. They can be also helpful in operating and promoting farmersí markets through the Farmersí Market Nutrition Program.
 
    -- The Coordination Strategies Handbook includes guidance for WIC agencies on coordination with community-based clinics and other health care providers.
    -- The WIC Works Resource System provides a variety tools for WIC agencies, including information on outreach, program coordination, and partnerships.
 
      Example of Successful Partnerships:
      New Jersey Nutrition Program
 
  o The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
    The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them emergency food and nutrition assistance through food pantries and soup kitchens. Faith-based and community organizations operate many of the recipient agencies, and can also provide information on other nutrition assistance programs through contact with TEFAP beneficiaries.
 
   

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Guidance on participation of faith-based organizations in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
 
      Example of Successful Partnership:
      Simple House Family Assistance Center

 

 

Last modified: 02/10/2012