The Department of Agriculture has released almost $5 million in grants for seven state agencies to simplify the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program application and eligibility systems and improve access to program benefits for America's low-income households. Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, SNAP helps ensure that people have access to healthy and nutritious food; the program is currently serving 66% of all who are eligible to participate.
In making the announcement, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said these grants will achieve the goal of increasing program access and participation among America's most vulnerable citizens.
One priority for this year's grants is to fund projects designed to improve the retention of eligible households at the point of recertification. A number of the projects are receiving funding that will support development or enhancement of on-line application systems that will facilitate both initial entry and retention of eligible households.