Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP outreach helps connect eligible individuals in need of food assistance with the monthly nutrition assistance that SNAP provides. Given high rates of unemployment, poverty, and food insecurity across the nation, SNAP outreach is an appropriate intervention to help protect families from hunger and provide them with the resources they need to return to economic stability and self-sufficiency. Connecting struggling households with food assistance also has long-term payoffs for the community. Hunger increases health care costs, lowers worker productivity, exacerbates seniors’ medical conditions, harms children’s development and diminishes their educational performance—costs that we cannot afford and that undermine the fabric of our communities.

Southeast Missouri Food Bank is a part of their state’s official SNAP outreach plan aimed at reaching eligible, low-income families who are not participating in the program but who are in need of food assistance. Food banks are a natural partner in SNAP outreach because of their direct connection to food insecure families in the community. Many families seeking assistance at food pantries are in need of more than one-time, emergency food assistance. By connecting eligible families with SNAP, food banks help provide food insecure households with a more consistent and stable means to purchase their own food.

To learn more or apply for SNAP benefit, contact Neisha at 573-471-1818 or nivory@semofoodbank.org.

USDA Non-Discrimination Policy

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.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may 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: How to File a Complaint, 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: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.