SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is the new name for food stamps. Participating households receive money every month on a debit card that can be used for groceries. The Food Basket’s SNAP Outreach team works in communities island-wide to help residents complete an eligibility pre-assessment and also provide aid in the completion of the SNAP benefits application. We are dedicated to walking alongside families and individuals step-by-step through the application process to help people get the support they need.
Households may qualify for SNAP based on their monthly income. The application process includes a paper application and a phone or in person interview.
Why The Food Basket does SNAP outreach
Despite SNAP’s potential as a supplement to food budgets for struggling families, nearly a quarter of Hawai`i island residents who potentially qualify don’t actually claim their benefits. This may be due to a variety of factors including lack of time and transportation, limited English proficiency, physical and cognitive impairments, and stigma about requesting help. The Food Basket’s SNAP Outreach team works island-wide to alleviate these barriers, meeting people where they gather – at food pantries, congregate meal sites, shelters, school and community events.
SNAP is a powerful resource in the fight against hunger and has the potential to feed more families in Hawai`i than all other food programs combined. In 2014 alone, SNAP brought more than $525 million of food assistance benefits into Hawai`i – stretching client’s food budgets, reinforcing the charitable food system, and strengthening the local economy.
You can download the fillable pdf here: BESSD-Application_June-2015.v2(fillable)
Meet the SNAP Outreach team!
Kat Bumatay is the SNAP Outreach Specialist covering the east side of Hawai`i Island.
You can reach Kat directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Duane Pajimola is the SNAP Outreach Specialist covering the west side of Hawai`i Island.
You can reach Duane directly at email@example.com
If you want help applying or would like to volunteer with SNAP Outreach, please contact The Food Basket at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-933-6030