Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is the country’s primary nutrition assistance program, yet thousands of eligible families do not receive the benefits. Since 2007, the Benefits Outreach Team at the Greater Chicago Food Depository has assisted eligible households submit SNAP applications to the Illinois Department of Human Services, and has been part of the State’s SNAP Outreach Plan since 2009. The team is comprised of outreach staff, partner community organizations and volunteers. In FY17, the Food Depository’s Benefits Outreach Team assisted 7,634 households apply for SNAP and Medicaid benefits.
According to Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2014 national report, 45 percent of clients served by programs affiliated with Feeding America’s network of food banks are not enrolled in SNAP. The study indicates that 72 percent of client households not receiving SNAP are eligible for the program based on self-reported income, but have not enrolled because they are unaware that they qualify.
Duties & responsibilities:
One half-time (920 hours in total; 18-24 hours per week) Hunger Action Corps member will work alongside the Food Depository’s Benefits Outreach Team and will be responsible for supporting the SNAP-O Network, a group of Food Depository partner agencies who provide SNAP application support to their clients. In this role, the member will help expand and strengthen the SNAP-O Network in an effort to connect more individuals to essential public benefits.
Qualifications & competencies:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by Hunger Action Corps members to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.