Every month, the Access Benefits Outreach Coordinator visits a variety of sites in Kent County and helps individuals who are eligible obtain benefits, Since February 2003, the Outreach Coordinator has been taking an average of 20-30 applications per month with an average benefit of $200 per family. In addition to her Food Assistance outreach, she also serves as a liaison between the clients and DHS for a variety of programs.
With income eligibility increasing from 130% to 200% of the Federal poverty level, Food Assistance eligibility has expanded. For a family of four, the Federal poverty level is $21,200/year - so families earning up to $42,400 (gross) a year are now eligible for food assistance. Kids in qualifying families are automatically eligible for free school meals.