The Vermont Foodbank works with 270 network partners to provide food to Vermonters in need. These include food shelves, meal sites, senior centers and after-school programs. Some network partners provide other services and supports, to both their clients and the larger community, such as a thrift shop connected to a food shelf, for example.

Hunger in AmericaThe 2014 Hunger in America study provided us with specific information on what other services network partners provide. You can download the Hunger in America Executive Summary or the full report here. Here, we’ve excerpted information specifically about SNAP and other government program assistance from the Hunger in America study.

“An estimated 59 percent of the agencies partnered with this food bank provide some services to assist clients in accessing benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Low-income households that participate in SNAP receive monthly benefit allotments in the form of electronic debit cards (EBT) to supplement their food budget. The SNAP-related activities provided by the agencies may include screening for eligibility, application assistance, recertification assistance, and educating clients about the program (see table 5).

Network Partners providing SNAP assistance

“The partner agencies of Vermont Foodbank may also offer help with services related to other federal programs. These programs may include the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), a program providing help for pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children under age 6; Medicaid; cash assistanceā€”either Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), payments for the aged, blind, or disabledĀ  tax preparation (or Earned Income Tax Credit); and housing assistance (see figure 7).

Network Partners Providing Government Program Assistance“Some agencies provide combinations of services. In addition to food provision:

  • 10 percent of agencies provide one nonfood service
  • 4 percent of agencies provide two no