“I take referrals from local agencies, and I do a quick budget. Usually it’s pretty close, and I can let them know if they could be eligible.”
At Champlain Centre, Beaudin has to follow some restrictions.
“I can’t leave my table or speak to anybody who doesn’t come to me,” she said.
LOTS OF PURPLE PENS
Beaudin also set up a table at the mall last Friday.
“It went very well, and I met with a number of people.”
They were mostly families, with only about two single households, she said.
The coordinator added she determined about half of the families were likely eligible for SNAP, and they were not aware of it.
“I also gave away a lot of free purple pens and measuring cups.”
Beaudin said she is excited for her second event and is hoping to talk to more people.
One in five New Yorkers “is struggling to find food these days,” according to Hunger Solutions Advocacy and Communications Specialist Alisa Costa.
The process for getting SNAP benefits “needs a lot of documentation, so it’s great to have (Beaudin) help them and the community.
“It’s an effective way to reach people.”
GETTING THE WORD OUT
Friday’s table at the mall was the first event of that kind the society has held on SNAP.
“I have been to many congregate meal sites for seniors, and I have been trying to get the word out there and talk to as many people as possible,” she said.
The Legal Aid Society works with any person, student, family and anyone eligible for the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program.
Beaudin also gives away free promotional items at her table, including measuring spoons, jar openers, letter openers, spatulas, measuring cups, lunch cooler bags and pizza cutters with bottle openers.
SNAP benefits are only a step away, Beaudin said, and she will be doing her best to help and assist those who need them.
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