FoodBank Seeks Outreach Volunteers, Offers Training

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HILLSIDE – The Community FoodBank of NJ Hillside needs volunteers to assist its Food Stamp Outreach team with pre-screening and application assistance. There will be a training session in Hillside on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 for potential volunteers.

Food stamps serve as a front-line defense against hunger, helping families to make ends meet and bringing federal dollars into local communities during economic hard times. Nationwide, enrollment in the Food Stamp program has hit a record 33.2 million people. However, according to the U.S Department of Agriculture, nearly 1 out of 3 eligible people are being missed. To find out if you are eligible, call 1-800-609-FOOD.

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To help keep pace with the growing request for help, the Community FoodBank of NJ launched in the Food Stamp Outreach Program in the summer of 2009.

The Food Stamp Outreach team visits emergency food pantries, senior building and centers, soup kitchens, and other sites serving low-income families to offer a free prescreening for Food Stamps eligibility. Those likely to be eligible for food stamps benefits will also receive assistance filling out an online application. The outreach team also helps prepares eligible individuals for the interview process at County Board of Social Services.

The training program will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Community FoodBank, 31 Evans Terminal Road, Hillside on Feb. 1. RSVP to Yolanda Chandler at 1-908-355-3663 x 238 or ychandler@njfoodbank.org by Tuesday, Jan. 25.

The training objectives are:

  • To inform and educate the community about the Food Stamp/SNAP program
  • To prescreen eligible clients for Food Stamp/SNAP benefits
  • To provide application assistance to clients eligible for the program (https://oneapp.dhs.state.nj.us/)

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