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State Announces Funding for Targeted Food Stamp Outreach

Effort Aims to Reach Those Eligible, but not Receiving, Food Stamps

September 16, 2011 - The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced that $2.1 million has been awarded to seven not-for-profit organizations across New York State to encourage innovative efforts in providing outreach to those who may qualify for Food Stamps, but are not currently accessing this economic and nutritional support.

The organizations selected to receive this federal funding, provided through OTDA, will also contribute an equal amount of private funding in order to enhance outreach efforts. OTDA oversees the Food Stamp Program in New York State.

"In the past few years the Food Stamp Program has experienced significant growth in enrollment, but some low-income families and individuals who may be eligible still miss out," said OTDA Executive Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin. "Food Stamps can help senior citizens, the unemployed and underemployed, and others who are struggling to stretch their food dollars at the grocery store, along with their families to have good, nutritious meals. We are confident that with our local partners we can successfully reach those who will benefit from this assistance."

This funding will bring outreach efforts to geographic areas across New York State which have not been served by such efforts in the past. This approach was developed after it was determined that participation among the elderly, newly unemployed, and legal immigrant populations, as well as working families with children, could be improved.

New York has an online Food Stamp application available at myBenefits.ny.gov that allows anyone to apply for assistance at anytime from anywhere with Internet access.

This funding will support the work of not-for-profits in these efforts for 12 months. The organizations receiving the grants are:

Food Stamp Outreach Grants
County Organization Award Amount
Nassau/Suffolk Hunger Solutions of New York, Inc. $150,000
Erie United Way of Buffalo & Erie County $150,919
Westchester, Putnam & Dutchess Catholic Charities of NY $203,812
New York City SEEDCO $150,000
New York City Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty $311,420
New York City Project Hospitality $300,000
New York City United Way of NYC $900,000

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