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Program Encourages SNAP Participation

Program Encourages SNAP Participation
Grants will be made to state agencies.

USDA will invest in pilot projects to increase access and participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp Program, among low-income seniors. In making the announcement, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said award grants totaling approximately $8 million will allow State agencies to pursue innovative outreach and delivery pilot projects. Vilsack noted that expanding nutrition assistance among underserved populations, such as seniors, will require us to seek innovative methods for program outreach and delivery.

Through these grants, USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is encouraging State agencies to submit grant applications for programs designed to boost
SNAP participation among Medicare's Extra Help population. FNS invites State agencies to submit applications that will implement outreach efforts, simplify eligibility, or standardize benefits for this population. The deadline to submit grant proposal applications is June 30, 2010.

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