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What is Snap?
SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps), is a federal safety net program providing low-income Americans with assistance to feed themselves and their families. In most cases, SNAP is a temporary, short-term solution for individuals and families to help until they get back on their feet. On average, SNAP participants stay on the program less than a year. The SNAP program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture and is administered in Arkansas through the Arkansas Department of Human Services.
How it works:
How we help:
Our SNAP Outreach Team works in the field to help determine SNAP eligibility, answer questions, and works as a liaison with the Department of Human Services on behalf of applicants. As a result of the pandemic, we were no longer able to safely go out into the field and help people apply for benefits. In response, we created the SNAP-Ark Call Center, a hotline to help Arkansans apply for SNAP, follow up with application questions, and check the status of their benefits. Arkansans seeking help with SNAP applications can call our number free of charge. A Spanish speaking operator is available five days a week. The number to call is: 833-762-7275.
Our SNAP Outreach Team conducts workshops explaining the basics of SNAP. This informative session is helpful for businesses, community agencies and individuals to better understand the process of SNAP and how it benefits themselves, the community, and the local economy. Workshops usually last 30 minutes plus a question-and-answer session.
We offer intensive training to businesses and organizations that work with students, clients, or patients who may benefit from SNAP. We provide tools and knowledge to staff and/or volunteers who learn how to best assist individuals and families with SNAP applications. Our Outreach Training classes typically take 2 hours to complete.
For more information or to schedule a SNAP field team, SNAP 101 workshop, or SNAP Outreach Training Class, email Director of SNAP Programs and WIC Outreach Cathy May at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to sign up
BECOME A SNAP OUTREACH VOLUNTEER
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteering looks a lot different in our current world. Please continue to check our website for more information as we explore virtual and safe, socially distanced volunteer opportunities.
Learn how to eat healthy with MyPlate
Remember the food pyramid? Meet MyPlate! MyPlate is the newest version of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Guidance System. MyPlate depicts proper meal portions of the five food groups. A healthy eating routine is important at every stage of life. It can have positive effects that add up over time. Use the new MyPlate app to:
- Learn how much you need from each food group.
- Get a personalized MyPlate Plan that’s right for you.
- The plan is based on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level.
- Take a look at your current eating routine and create a healthy eating routine to benefit your health.
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