February 26, 2013

Help available to apply for food stamps

PLATTSBURGH — Wednesday, a Nutrition Outreach and Education Program coordinator will assist the public with information about the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The Nutrition Program, funded by Hunger Solutions N.Y., is under the umbrella of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York in Plattsburgh. 

Since last September, the Legal Aid Society has offered free legal services and civil legal aid to people with low income or in need of assistance, including victims of domestic violence, children, the elderly, those who are homeless or have disabilities.

The society also helps with the application of SNAP (food stamps) in Clinton County.

Mandy Beaudin, the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program coordinator for Clinton County, will set up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Champlain Centre mall between Target and the food court, sharing information about SNAP.


Not only does SNAP help feed the community, but it also helps invest in the economic activity in New York, Beaudin said.

“For every dollar spent on food stamps, it is $1.84 in economic activity. We assist about 25,000 households every year, and that is $84 million into New York state every year,” she said.

Each time the benefits are used, according to a program brochure, it helps the employees and the store where the purchase is made, the truck driver who delivered the food, the warehouses that stored it, the plant that processed it, and the farmer who produced the food.

Another fact is that each $1 billion increase in SNAP benefits is expected to result in creating about 18,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

Beaudin assists people with the application process for SNAP by helping them gather and submit the documents they need, as well as providing a free and confidential pre-screening for eligibility.

“We can only do pre-screening. The (Clinton County Social Services Department) is the one who does the full screening,” Beaudin said.

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