Every day, Food $ense (F$) educators are out and about in your community in a variety of venues. When our educators visit locations such as schools, food banks, affordable housing sites, and health centers to share their knowledge about eating healthy on a budget, they are often asked about food resources such as Basic Food (SNAP), WIC, and more. In order to equip our staff and participants with more information about these resources, we have begun partnering with WithinReach.
WithinReach connects Washington families with the resources they need to be healthy. They operate the WIC, Family Food and Family Health hotlines (1-800-322-2588) and have an incredible website (www.parenthelp123.org) with an easily accessible database of community resources. In one click or call WithinReach connects clients with food assistance programs, health coverage, immunization and breastfeeding information and early-childhood development resources.
In the communities F$ works with, there are many barriers to getting food assistance. Misinformation and stigma around food assistance programs are especially prevalent among older adults and families with mixed immigration status. Most of our partner agencies serve families and individuals that fall into one of these groups, making it even more important that we can connect the people we work with to the helpful resources WithinReach provides. F$ plans to host outreach specialists from WithinReach at adult nutrition classes, family nights, and other community events. With the help of all our partner agencies, our hope is to empower our participants with the tools they need to put nutritious foods on the table, for health benefits that last a lifetime!
Check out this great infographic for a timeline and some key results of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP aka food stamps) program.
For more information on how Food $ense and WithinReach are working to support equitable access to food in our communities, please contact Jen Hey, Program Manager.