Personal assistance to access food supports
If you are struggling with food access, Takoda can help you apply for SNAP benefits. SNAP is the commonly used acronym that stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The benefits are also widely referred to as ‘food stamps.’ SNAP provides qualifying individuals and families with financial support to purchase fresh produce, meats, frozen foods, dairy, and dry goods. Takoda offers community members one-on-one assistance applying for SNAP so that basic needs can be met.
The SNAP application process takes 15-30 minutes and eligibility depends on factors like household size, household income, and ability status. A monthly SNAP “award” is up to $194 for a household of one person making $1,700 or less per month. Depending on eligibility, SNAP benefits can be accessed for up to three months every three years for one’s lifetime. For people who don’t qualify for SNAP, Takoda staff can connect you to other resources like food shelves, community meals, and food distribution events.
SNAP assistance is provided through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The card can be discreetly used like a debit card at participating stores. Clients generally receive their EBT card within 30 business days of the submission of their SNAP application.
SNAP users may also be eligible to receive an additional benefit of 15% to help address extra food costs incurred due to the pandemic and lesser availability of free and reduced school lunches. To learn more about pandemic SNAP, follow this link.