USDA Announces $5 Million in Food Stamp Program Participation Grants
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that up to $5 million in Food Stamp Program grants is available to improve the accessibility and awareness of USDA’s Food Stamp Program for low-income households.
The 2002 Farm Bill authorized USDA to award $5 million in grants for projects aimed at simplifying the food stamp application and eligibility systems or improving access to food stamp benefits by eligible households. This year USDA intends to fund at least one proposal that involves a partnership between a state agency and one or more private nonprofit organizations, including faith- or community-based organizations.
The Food Stamp Program, administered by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, is the cornerstone of federal nutrition assistance programs and provides crucial support to working poor and needy households. The program currently serves more than 26 million people monthly.
Grant applications will be accepted through mid-June 2007.