SNAP, Healthcare, Tax Preparation and more – Building Food Security
Food Stamps (SNAP)
Many people are eligible for food stamps but don’t know how to apply. The FoodBank helps people to apply for food stamps at many different sites in the community. Assistance includes help with estimating eligibility, sending the application, what documents to bring, where to go for the interview and what to expect.
In addition to pre-screening for food stamp eligibility and submitting applications online, we also do community outreach by:
- Providing client pre-screening and information at member agencies, health fairs, community events and organizations
- Training for community and faith based organizations interested in assisting their own clients in the food stamp application process.
Besides income requirements, there are other eligibility requirements. If you think you meet income requirements and need more information or help applying, contact the Food Stamp Outreach Coordinator at 732-643-5888.
- Cupones de alimento: ¿Es usted eligible? Para mas informacion llame al 732-543-5888
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is a free, IRS-sponsored program to help low and middle-income workers have their federal and state personal income taxes prepared and filed electronically at no cost.
Volunteer tax preparers are trained and certified by the IRS and provide secure, confidential tax preparation at multiple sites in the community. VITA ensures that workers receive all the tax credits (Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit) to which they are entitled.
Eligibility: The program serves households with dependents with income up to $53,267 and individuals with incomes up to $30,000 and runs during the tax season each year until April 15.
Contact us to get started with VITA. Call 732-643-5888 for more information or to make an appointment.
You may also file your taxes online for free if you make $60,000 or less. Visit MyFreeTaxes.com.
Of the more than 131,000 people receiving emergency food through the FoodBank’s network for agencies, 40% have significant unpaid medical or hospital bills.
Ensuring that low income families have access to affordable health insurance can help to reduce the out of pocket costs of health care.
The FoodBank’s trained and certified Health Care Marketplace Navigators help uninsured individuals and families apply for insurance that meets their needs.
Financial Success Center
The Financial Success Center provides Monmouth County residents with comprehensive resources under one roof to help them move from financial difficulty to economic well-being. Services are FREE and include:
- Job Search and career planning resources
- Money management tools
- Financial coaching
- Tax return preparation
- Home ownership counseling
- Child Care Resources
- Application assistance for SNAP and other benefits.
- Enrollment in health insurance programs
The Center is located at the Freehold Raceway Mall, in the Meridian Community Resource Centers outside of Macy’s on the first floor of the Mall.
Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am – 7pm and the Second and Fourth Saturdays of each month from 10am – 4pm.
The Center is a partnership between Child Care Resources of Monmouth County, The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Monmouth County Workforce Investment Board, Navicore Solutions and United Way of Monmouth County.
Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Call 732-414-6745, or email questions or requests for an appointment now.
Culinary Job Skills Training
Our onsite Culinary Skills Training Program helps adults in need of permanent employment get the skills they need for better paid jobs. The program helps men and women become self-sufficient through:
- 12 weeks of on-site food preparation and classroom training, provided by a certified executive chef
- An additional week of job shadowing at another food establishment to boost experience
- The opportunity to receive CPR Certification and ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification.
Graduates also receive help obtaining and keeping jobs in our shore area hospitality industry.
The program is free of charge for qualified applicants and is supported through private grant funding.
The Culinary program has graduated over 200 trainees. New classes are scheduled 3 times each year. For more information see our flyer. To apply, download the 2016 application and mail it in or pick up an application in person. Please note: All questions on the application must be completed. Incomplete applications are not considered. Applicants must have reliable transportation, childcare, and be able to work full time at the completion of the program to be considered for admission. Please contact the Culinary Training Program with specific questions.