SNAP grant augments outreach efforts for Sun Life patients

Sun Life Family Health Center and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, have joined forces again this year to help local families gain access to food and proper nutrition.

This October, SNAP informed Sun Life that it would be a recipient of a $33,474.40 grant for the 2016 year to help patients and area community members sign up for assistance through the food stamp program.

Nearly one in five Arizona households do not have enough food to last the month. Solving the hunger crisis requires more than just one community agency, faith-based organization, food bank, or government entity’s commitment.

SNAP, the new federal name for food stamps, and its SNAP Partnership program offer a unique opportunity for nonprofit organizations like Sun Life to join forces with a network of organizations committed to addressing hunger in Arizona through SNAP education and application assistance.

The partnership also allows Sun Life to have direct access to DES on behalf of those we serve, to pay for training and technical support to expand the skills of our outreach team, and a provides us with a 40 percent reimbursement on all allowable activities and administrative expenses.

Sun Life’s outreach and enrollment team provides assistance with applying for the SNAP program at any one of our eight locations throughout Pinal County.

For more information on the SNAP program, visit its website, or visit Sun Life Family Health Center’s website.

Editor’s note: Lindsey Gemme is the community relations coordinator for Sun Life Family Health Center Inc.