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.

This is an example of what an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) Card looks like. If approved, the SNAP benefits will be loaded monthly onto your own personal EBT card.


How to use your EBT card.

SNAP clients can now shop online for their groceries at Amazon, Kroger, and Wal-mart!

                   

Land of Lincoln Legal Services  (Link: https://lincolnlegal.org)/ or call 1-877-342-7891

United Way 211 (Cell call 211) (Landline call 1-800-427-4626) (Link: https://www.211unitedway.org/)

LIHEAP- (Link: https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/CommunityServices/UtilityBillAssistance/Pages/default.aspx)

Your child and your school must meet certain criteria to be eligible for P-EBT:

 Your Child:

  •       Must be enrolled in free or reduced price school meals at a school operating the National School Lunch Program; OR,
  •       Must be enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision-2 school, which offers breakfast and lunch free to all students; AND,
  •       Must have lacked access to an in-school lunch at least some days of the month

 Your School:

  •       Must operate the National School Lunch Program; AND,
  •       Must have been closed or operating at reduced capacity at least 5 consecutive days at some point during the 2020-2021 School Year.

 To learn more about P-EBT, eligibility requirements and how to get your children enrolled, check out our P-EBT FAQs and visit the Illinois Department of Human Services page.

Links

Illinois Department of Human Services page – https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=131779

Illinois P-EBT FAQ page- https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=131779 

Our SNAP coordinators, provide  Food Stamp application assistance through phone calls, outreaches, Community Events, and training SNAP Network Partners.


You can fill out this form and we will call you.


Melanie is here to help!

Melanie Hager
Illinois SNAP Outreach Coordinator
Direct Line: 618-307-9541
E-Mail: mhager@stlfooodbank.org


According to Feeding America individuals and families are having to choose between food and other necessities.

69% had to choose between food and utilities. 67% had to choose between food and transportation. 66% had to choose between food and medical care. 57% had to choose between food and housing. 31% had to choose between food and education.

This is where SNAP Food Stamps can help! According to the CBPP, SNAP is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program! Research has shown that SNAP reduces poverty and food insecurity and that over the long term, these impacts lead to improved health and economic outcomes!


Melanie is here to help!

Melanie Hager

Melanie Hager
Illinois SNAP Outreach Coordinator
Direct Line: 618-307-9541
E-Mail: mhager@stlfooodbank.org

You can fill out this form and we will call you.

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