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New Food Stamp Income Guidelines Announced

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OSWEGO, NY – New income guidelines for families interested in the Food Stamp Program went into effect Oct. 1.

Families that have not been eligible for Food Stamp benefits in the past may now be eligible. The gross monthly income a household may earn has increased.  Increases for families with disabled members or members over 60 are even higher.

The Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) can assist families in seeing if they qualify for Food Stamp benefits. The Catholic Charities of Oswego County, NOEP offers free and confidential prescreenings to help families and individuals see if they may be eligible for benefits.

The NOEP can also offer assistance in completing the application and gathering the documentation may be required by our local Department of Social Services (DSS).

Families who would like to find out if they are eligible for Food Stamp benefits can make an appointment to come to the office and see the NOEP for assistance or even request a home visit by the NOEP in some cases.

The NOEP can also provide referrals to other community services that families may be eligible for.  The NOEP can even assist families and individuals who think they may not qualify for Food Stamp benefits in assessing their unique situations.

With the continuing rising costs for everything from home heating to groceries, to gas, the Food Stamp Program is one way to improve nutrition and increase food buying power.  The Food Stamp Program provides eligible families a consistent, stable resource to continue putting nutritious food on their tables.

Take the first step to ensuring your families’ nutritional future, call the NOEP coordinator at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Heidi Rauch-Webb at (315) 598-3980 or 1-877-636-9196.