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SNAP/Food Stamp Benefits
SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as Food Stamps, serves as our nation’s first line of defense against hunger. SNAP provides low-income people with a consistent means to buy nutritious food at supermarkets and many farmers’ markets using a special debit card. SNAP eligibility is based on residency, family size, income and assets.
Harvesters' SNAP Outreach Team can help you determine if you are eligible. Simply call our SNAP hotline at 877.653.9522 or email us at SNAP@harvesters.org. If you would like a member of our SNAP Outreach Team to contact you, please fill out this form.
We can conduct a brief, free and confidential screening over the phone, determine if you would qualify, and then assist you with completing and filing your application. You do not have to visit a government office or stand in line.
Frequently Asked Questions about SNAP during the COVID-19 Crisis.
Why is Harvesters involved in SNAP outreach and assistance?
Harvesters provides emergency food assistance to low-income families. Hunger rates remain high, and many families need more than one-time emergency help with food. Federal nutrition assistance programs, such as SNAP, are Harvesters’ partners in feeding the hungry. SNAP provides people with a consistent means to purchase the nutritious food they want and need. Learn more about the facts, myths and realities surrounding SNAP.
Phishing Scam Related to SNAP Benefits during Coronavirus Pandemic
There are a few companies that are claiming they can reimburse people for the SNAP benefits they spend. Essentially, this is a phishing scam and people are asked to give their bank account info. The company that we have seen pop up, namely, is Expensify. This is a scam.
While people certainly have to share a lot of personal information when applying for SNAP or other federal programs, giving bank account info is never one of those items. We will continue to alert people who are applying for SNAP that they can expect a call from a state worker to complete their interview process. The state worker will clearly identify themselves as such, and will not ask for bank account info. If you hear questions or concerns about this from pantry guests, please be sure to warn them of this issue.
The Food Research & Action Center has an interesting interactive map providing state-by-state data on the share of all households that are participating in SNAP, based on American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year data (2012-2016), and the percentage of households participating in SNAP for metro, small town, and rural counties. Scroll over a state to view the participation rates.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue,SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org