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FY 2005 Outreach Grants - Summary

Last Published: 11/13/2013

Out-stationing/Site Visiting Strategy

Grantees will host out-stationed local food stamp workers at their site, and/or set up programs for caseworkers, staff, or volunteers to go to other locations to do outreach and program education.

  • Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC), $125,000, 16-month project

Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Target Area: Worcester
Target Population: Low-income working families and immigrants
Project Summary: “The Central Massachusetts Food Outreach Collaborative” project, utilizing a train-the-trainer model, will provide FSP information to key community leaders who will, in                                     turn, reach out to non-participating eligible families within their communities to share information about the benefits of food stamps and how to apply. The community                                   leaders will also visit food pantries and farmers markets to conduct direct outreach and train additional messengers. In addition, WCAC will disseminate food stamp                                         information to households that receive fuel assistance, Head Start classrooms, and through other WCAC programs. The Worcester Public Schools, Diocese of Worcester                                     and the Worcester Ecumenical Council will also work with WCAC to disseminate information. The project will be led by a Steering Committee of community                                                         representatives who will advise WCAC and assist with the implementation of the project.

 Description of the
 Organization: WCAC is a “multi-service organization with a variety of program and services” to “promote self-sufficiency and strengthen families.”  Their mission is to “stimulate change                              in the fundamental causes of poverty and to create and provide opportunities for economic self-sufficiency through services, partnerships, and advocacy.”

  • Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM), $125,000, 2-year project

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Target Area: City of Milwaukee
Target Population: Low-income applicants for and residents in public housing and Section 8 rent assistance (working poor and seniors)
Project Summary: Through this project, public housing and Section 8 residents and applicants will be provided FSP information, pre-screening, and application assistance at housing                                           application assistance meetings and housing recertification meetings. The local food stamp office will train HACM staff to provide information about the benefits of food                                 stamps. In addition, HACM will build on existing relationships with partners in their Self-Sufficiency program, including employers, to encourage them to conduct                                             outreach, and do pre-screening and application assistance into order to provide support for residents moving from welfare to work or experiencing changes in pay rates                                   or hours.

Description of the
The mission of the HACM is to “promote safe, affordable, and quality housing, economic opportunity and self-sufficiency and a suitable living environment free from                                      discrimination.”

  • Food Bank of Northern Nevada (FBNN), $125,000, 2-year project  

Location: Sparks, Nevada
Target Area: Northern Nevada
Target Population: Families, Immigrants, and the Elderly Project Summary: A full time outreach coordinator will collaborate with local churches, commodity food distributions, pantries and                                   the local medical center’s Take-Care-A-Van to offer FSP information and pre-screening to targeted communities and train volunteers to do the same. The outreach                                           coordinator will also train and provide support to part-time outreach workers at community organizations in 12 rural counties who will conduct food stamp outreach,                                       pre-screening, and application assistance. The State of Nevada will provide training to FBNN outreach staff. In addition, English and Spanish television public service                                         announcements will be developed. In addition, FBNN will develop a written report and a presentation on the project, which will serve as a guide to other organizations                                       interested in replicating the work in their communities.

Description of the
The mission of the Northern Nevada Food Bank is to “create hunger-free communities in our region through direct services, advocacy, outreach and education.”

Community Events/Education Campaign Strategy

Grantees will conduct or participate in at least five community events, and conduct a community-wide education campaign to raise awareness of the program’s availability and benefits.

  • Good Faith Fund (GFF), $125,000, 2-year project

Location: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Target Area: Arkansas Delta
Target Population: Working Poor and Elderly

Project Summary: The “Arkansas Delta Food Stamp Program Awareness Campaign” will use billboards, bus sides, radio, and direct advertising in a community education campaign.                                                Information, pre-screening and application assistance will be offered at five community events and two specifically designed food stamp informational events. Using the                                 “No Wrong Doors” concept, other community and faith-based groups will be trained to conduct food stamp outreach. The project is a collaborative effort between GFF,                                      the Arkansas Department of Human Services, University of Arkansas Extension Service, and the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.

Description of the
GFF is a non-profit affiliate of Southern Development Bancorporation with a mission “to increase the income and assets o low income and low skilled residents of the Delta in                          Arkansas and Mississippi.”

  • ​City of Oakland, $125,000, 1-year project

Location: Oakland, California
Target Area: Oakland
Target Population: Immigrants Project Summary: The “Immigrant Food Stamp Promotion Project” is a partnership between the City of Oakland, the Alameda County Community Food Bank,                                     Lao Family Community Development, Inc. (LFCD), and the United Way of the Bay Area. The Food Bank and LFCD will recruit 20 other community-based organizations to                                     form a network. The Food Bank will provide training, pre-screening tools and technical assistance to the network participants. Through this model, culturally                                                     appropriate pre-screening and one-on-one application assistance will be provided to non-English speaking immigrants at community-based locations. Services                                               provided will be language and culture appropriate for immigrant populations.

Description of the
The mission of the City of Oakland Department of Human Services is to “build strong communities by enriching the quality of life for individuals and families in Oakland.”                                 Harbor Interfaith Services, Inc. $121,687, 2-year project Location: San Pedro, California Target Area: Los Angeles Harbor District, South Bay of Los Angeles Target Population:                           Working Poor, Immigrants, Elderly Project Summary: The “Stop Hunger - Now” project will use volunteers to distribute multi-lingual FSP educational materials at the local                                 farmer’s market, the weekly downtown fair, and two other annual events. In addition, food stamp information and pre-screening will be offered at community sites within the                           service area, including a community clinic, and a senior center. The project will be based at Harbor Interfaith’s Emergency Food and Advocacy Center, known as FISH.

Description of the
The mission of Harbor Interfaith is “to provide emergency shelter, food, job placement, advocacy, childcare, and support services to the homeless and                                                                 working poor.”

  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. (Congreso), $125,000, 1-year project

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Target Area: Eastern North Philadelphia
Target Population: Working Poor, Immigrants, and Seniors

Project Summary: Clients of two existing Congreso programs, Family Social Services and CareerLink, will be pre-screened for potential eligibility for food stamp benefits. Those interested                                   in applying for benefits will be assisted to complete an online application using Pennsylvania’s COMPASS system. Through a partnership with the Hispanic Association of                                 Contractors and Enterprises, Congreso will conduct nine outreach workshops in the community. In addition, Congreso will host 20 workshops to educate participants in                                   other Congreso programs. All workshops will include pre-screening and referrals for online application assistance. Congreso will also distribute flyers and educational                                     materials to youth and families in Congreso’s after school programs, and broadcast six educational programs about food stamp benefits on Congreso’s radio show and                                     place monthly advertising in Spanish and English newspapers.

Description of the
Congreso is a community-based nonprofit organization with a mission to “strengthen Latino communities through social, economic, education and health services;                                           leadership development; and advocacy.”

Partnerships with Other FNS Programs

Grantee will collaborate with other FNS programs to reach people dually eligible for these programs and food stamps, but not yet participating in the FSP.

  • Community Food Bank, Inc., $125,000, 2-year project 

Location: Tucson, Arizona
Target Area: Tucson and Pima County
Target Population: Low-income or no-income residents

Project Summary: A food stamp outreach office will be set up at the Food Bank’s Multi-Service Center. An outreach coordinator will pre-screen clients for food stamp benefits and provide                                  application assistance. Volunteers will staff the reception area, which will be stocked with informational materials. The outreach coordinator will also deliver weekly food                                  stamp educational sessions at partner agencies such as pantries, health clinics, churches, senior centers, and neighborhood centers and train staff there to provide food                                  stamp information on a regular basis. Bilingual materials will be available at all sites.

Description of the Organization: The Community Food Bank distributes food to needy people through 11 programs. Its mission is “Through education, advocacy, and the acquisition, storage, and distribution of food, we will anticipate and meet the needs of the hungry in Pima County.”