FOOD PANTRY CLIENTS CAN APPLY & RE-ENROLL FOR SNAP BENEFITS AT PACS
February 16, 2018
There's a new face in the Food Pantry interview room every Wednesday morning. Impact NW's Rafael Marquez is coming to help our Food Pantry clients apply for or renew enrollment in the SNAP Program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Impact NW contracts with SNAP to provide this service as a program of The Department of Human Services and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Rafael who is bilingual, Spanish speaking, is the SNAP and Energy Assistant Specialist. He goes to different locations, mostly food pantries, to provide this service as an outreach. He assists clients with the application and helps clients schedule their follow-up appointment with the SNAP Program. The reason Rafael reached out to PACS was, "I saw what PACS provides for the community and how everyone is so open and genuine. I wanted to support PACS' cause by bringing this opportunity for their clients." Our Food Pantry clients now have the opportunity to get SNAP help every Wednesday from 9a -11a with Rafael. This program is our first step in expanding our Food Ministry beyond food distribution. Assisting clients to sign up for SNAP significantly helps these low-income families thrive!