Formerly known as food stamps, SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a federal government food-aid program that provides assistance to food-insecure individuals. Eligibility for the program is dictated by household income, and benefits are calculated based on the number of people relying upon that income. Those enrolled in SNAP receive a monthly stipend loaded onto a payment card — much like a credit card — and can use this money to buy food products from most food retailers.
What is SNAP Outreach & How does it work?
The SNAP Outreach Program sends Maryland Food Bank outreach workers to strategic community centers, faith-based organizations, and residential housing facilities to help eligible Marylanders sign up for SNAP benefits. Our outreach workers aim to make the process as easy as possible, helping individuals to complete applications, gather the necessary documentation and submit materials to the Department of Social Services.
The Maryland Food Bank team holds SNAP Outreach events in food-insecure communities nearly every weekday. Outreach workers arrive to each location with the technology needed to set up a mobile office space, and, with the needed documentation, they are able to submit applications on site.
Who does the Snap program benefit?
Food-insecure Marylanders – SNAP provides supplemental nutrition to nearly 800,000 Marylanders. This includes working families, seniors, and other vulnerable Marylanders who are struggling to put food on the table.
The Local Business Community – Every $1 distributed through the SNAP program has nearly double that economic impact on the local community, transferring the investment to small businesses and food providers.
Communities Statewide – Food security can have a big impact on the stability of families and communities statewide, impacting health, safety, education, and our local economies.
Teaming up with DSS
The Maryland Food Bank is one of the only food banks in the nation that has been authorized by the state’s Department of Social Services to act as a liaison in the SNAP application process. Designated as authorized representatives for DSS, our outreach workers are able to deliver applications directly to government offices and serve as a point of contact when additional information is needed. Additionally, the Maryland Food Bank outreach team has the capacity to oversee a client’s application status — from start to finish — ensuring timely processing.