Many working families, unemployed, seniors, and others struggle to put food on the table. Since 2011, Seedco has helped thousands of Baltimore area residents access vital food benefits. Seedco’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach prevents hunger, helps seniors and families make healthier food choices, and counters misinformation and stigma associated with receiving SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps. The barriers are numerous: knowledge, language, and education limitations; pervasive myths; and difficulty accessing in-person assistance. We overcome these barriers by working at community-based sites, providing culturally competent services, and conducting wide outreach and information sharing. In addition, Seedco uses its EarnBenefitsOnline tool to screen individuals for a range of other benefits for which they may qualify.
In collaboration with CASH Campaign of Maryland, Bon Secours Community Works, and Centro de Ayuda, Seedco disseminates information, provides SNAP eligibility screenings, and directly assists people with completing the SNAP application. This program is generously supported by the State of Maryland Department of Human Services.