Illinois SNAP Outreach
SNAP is formerly known as Food Stamps
The SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as Food Stamps, provides nutrition benefits for families to purchase healthy food options. It is an entitlement program, NOT a welfare program. This means there are enough benefits to go around and you won’t be taking benefits away from anyone.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students who normally get free or reduced-price school meals may be eligible for a program to help families buy groceries. This program is called Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT). P-EBT is a temporary food benefit program operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. P-EBT only provides benefits for days that students lack access to an in-school lunch. P-EBT provides $6.82 per each school day that schoolchildren are engaged in remote learning. These benefits are provided on a card that can be used like a debit card to purchase food at any grocery store that accepts LINK cards.
Our State contracted and trained SNAP Outreach Coordinators are happy to assist you with your application today! Feel free to call them at 618.307.9541 or fill out a form by “Clicking Here” so our SNAP Coordinators will reach out to you within 2 business days. Income guidelines increase every year. Being denied in the past doesn’t mean you aren’t eligible today.
The US Department of Health and Human Services website HealthyPeople.gov defines food insecurity “as the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of a lack of money or other resources,” and notes that “food insecurity may be long term or temporary and may be influenced by numerous factors including income, employment, race/ethnicity, and [ability].” According to a 2014 Hunger in America study done by Feeding America, individuals and families have to choose between food and other necessities.
This is where SNAP benefits on your LINK card (Illinois Electronic Benefit Transfer) can help! According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP.org) SNAP is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program. Research has shown that SNAP reduced food insecurity and that these impacts lead to improved health and economic outcomes over the long term.