Campers Canvas for SNAP Outreach

FullSizeRenderCampers from Camper Ramah in New England volunteered with Met Council for a day of learning and action. The volunteers participated in a SNAP (supplemental nutritional assistance program, formerly known as Food Stamps) budget simulation to demonstrate some of the challenges hungry New Yorkers face.  Following the presentation, the campers labeled nearly 300 water bottles with Met Council and SNAP information to increase awareness of SNAP eligibility.

In New York City alone, 700,000 people are eligible for SNAP, but do not participate in the program.  There are 1.3 million food insecure New Yorkers; one in five are children.  For many of our clients, the high cost of kosher food presents a unique challenge: on average, a kosher meal is 30% more expensive.  While, statewide, most families run out of SNAP benefits by the third week each month, a family that keeps kosher runs out by the second week.

Met Council’s goal through education and assistance, is to provide client friendly and dignified support to help gain access to public benefits.  Last year, Met Council enrolled 11,195 families into SNAP, leveraging more than $3 million in government benefits.

For more information on SNAP enrollment, contact us at Call 212-453-9532 or email benefits@metcouncil.org

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