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SNAP Outreach & Enrollment

SNAP Training for Agencies

Interested in being able to offer application assistance, navigate DTA best practices, and offer general information about the SNAP Program and who is eligible? We are offering a free training for agencies, staff, and volunteers. For those already providing SNAP assistance, this is a good opportunity to brush up on your skills, learn about recent changes to how the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) processes SNAP cases, and learn tips and strategies for navigating those changes.

Date Name of Site Address Time
Monday, May 11 Brightwood Branch Library 359 Plainfield St., Springfield 10am-12pm
Please RSVP by calling Hannah Muckler or Michelle Geoffroy at the Food Bank, 413-247-9738 ext. 109 or 148

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Upcoming SNAP clinics

Need a boost to your food budget, or know of someone who does? The Food Bank will be conducting free and confidential clinics for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Our coordinators will be available to answer all your questions, provide pre-screening, determine eligibility and application assistance.

SNAP Enrollment Events

Berkshire County

Date Name of Site Address Time
Wednesday, April 8 South Congregational Church 110 South St., Pittsfield 7:30am-10am
Thursday, April 9 Community Health Programs 444 Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington 10am-3pm
Wednesday, April 22 Pittsfield Athenaeum 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield 12pm-2pm
Wednesday, April 22 The Friendship Center 131 Main St., North Adams 9:30am-12pm
Wednesday, April 29 The Friendship Center 131 Main St., North Adams 9:30am-12pm

Hampden County

Date Name of Site Address Time
Thursday, April 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Services 3 Rutland St., Springfield 8am-11am
Thursday, April 9 Martin Luther King, Jr. Services 3 Rutland St., Springfield 8am-11am
Monday, April 13 Palmer Senior Center 1029 Central St., Palmer 10am-12pm
Thursday, April 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Services 3 Rutland St., Springfield 8am-11am
Tuesday, April 21 Chicopee Moose Family Center 244 Fuller Rd., Chicopee 11am-1pm
Thursday, April 23 Martin Luther King, Jr. Services 3 Rutland St., Springfield 8am-11am
Thursday, April 23 Westfield Soup Kitchen 101 Meadow Street, Westfield 5-6:30pm
Thursday, April 30 Martin Luther King, Jr. Services 3 Rutland St., Springfield 8am-11am
Thursday, April 30 Westfield Soup Kitchen 101 Meadow Street, Westfield 5-6:30pm

Hampshire County

Date Name of Site Address Time
Wednesday, April 1 Community Breakfast 121 North Pleasant St., Amherst 8am-9:30am
Thursday, April 2 Northampton Survival Center 265 Prospect St., Northampton 4-6pm
Tuesday, April 7 Amherst Survival Center 1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst 11:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, April 8 Community Breakfast 121 North Pleasant St., Amherst 8am-9:30am
Thursday April 9 Northampton Survival Center 265 Prospect St., Northampton 4-6pm
Tuesday, April 14 Amherst Survival Center 1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst 11:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, April 15 Community Breakfast 121 North Pleasant St., Amherst 8am-9:30am
Thursday April 16 Northampton Survival Center 265 Prospect St., Northampton 4-6pm
Tuesday, April 21 Amherst Survival Center 1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst 11:30am-12:30pm
Thursday, April 23 Northampton Survival Center 265 Prospect St., Northampton 4-6pm
Tuesday, April 28 Amherst Survival Center 1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst 11:30am-12:30pm
Thursday, April 30 Northampton Survival Center 265 Prospect St., Northampton 4-6pm

AARP Events for Seniors interested in SNAP

Date Name of Site Address Time
Tuesday, June 2 Springfield Central Library 220 State St
Springfield
10:00am-1:00pm
Tuesday, May 19 Chicopee Library 449 Front Street
Chicopee
10:00am-1:00pm

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as The Food Stamp Program) is an important resource for families to obtain healthy, affordable foods. Unfortunately, it is underutilized in Massachusetts and The Food Bank seeks to increase participation in this federal nutrition program. Click here to learn more about SNAP eligibility and what The Food Bank can do to help you get it.

The three core strategies we use to increase participation in SNAP throughout Western MA are: provide enrollment and application assistance; increase SNAP outreach and promotion; and build SNAP advocacy in Western Massachusetts.

  • SNAP Enrollment: Food Bank staff and volunteers screen people for eligibility and assist them throughout the SNAP application process. We work with our member agencies and other community partners to meet people near their homes to help provide them with clear, accurate information about this nutrition assistance program and ensure they have the tools necessary to apply for the program. With Department of Transitional Assistance caseloads at record highs, we aim to provide high quality applications to caseworkers and limit the amount of time spent on each application.
  • SNAP Outreach and Messaging: Despite the name change from Food Stamps to SNAP, many continue to hold stigma of the “food stamp” program throughout the community. We work to correct those misperceptions through trainings and general outreach to not only eligible households, but to the general public as well.
  • Capacity Building for SNAP advocacy: Through our work with the Western MA SNAP Coalition, we help to provide networking and learning opportunities in order to ensure open communication between SNAP administrative agencies and SNAP outreach workers. This communication allows us to identify any areas in need of improvement.

Changes in federal and state requirements and procedures have resulted in skyrocketing participation that permits income eligible households—including many working families—to use the equivalent of an ATM card to buy food at a supermarket or grocery store. In the four counties of Western Massachusetts, 80,546 families and households received SNAP in November 2010. Over the course of this year, they will receive more than $200 million in federal benefits to put food on their table so that they can be productive citizens on the job, in the classroom and in the community. These federal dollars will translate to $419,857,816 in local economic impact over the course of a year. This money will be spent at local businesses, which in turn will sustain and create jobs that might otherwise vanish. Learn more about SNAP’s benefit to our local economy.