Benefits Data Trust (BDT) announced an exciting new SNAP outreach program in partnership with USDA, PA Department of Public Welfare, PA Department of Aging, and other community partners.  BDT looks forward to continuing to make BenePhilly a true success and helping low-income seniors access the benefits they are eligible to receive.

To learn more please view the press releases below.


PRESS RELEASE #1

New Pilot Project Will Help DPW Identify Philadelphia Seniors Who Are Eligible for Food Assistance

Philadelphia, July 7, 2010 – Thousands of Philadelphia senior citizens living on limited incomes could receive help paying for nutritious food under a pilot project involving federal, state and local partners, Pennsylvania Secretary of Public Welfare Harriet Dichter announced today.

“Many older adults are struggling to buy nutritious foods on a tight budget, but they may not be aware assistance is available,” Secretary Dichter said. “This pilot project will help identify and reach out to those seniors to help them receive the fullest benefits for which they are eligible.”

The pilot project will increase participation in the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, by using innovative technology…

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PRESS RELEASE #2

BenePhilly INITIATIVE RECEIVES $500,000 IN USDA FUNDING

BenePhilly Helps Eligible Seniors Apply For Federal and State Assistance Programs

Philadelphia, July 7, 2010 — Today, Mayor Michael A. Nutter and officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) received a $500,000, two year grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. These dollars will help fund BenePhilly, a joint initiative between the City and Commonwealth to enroll the thousands of low-income Philadelphians eligible for, but not receiving, valuable federal and state benefits. BenePhilly hopes to use these dollars to help seniors apply for SNAP, the federal food assistance program, as well as PACE and Medicare prescription drug programs, and Pennsylvania’s property tax and rent rebates. Since its inception, BenePhilly has assisted seniors in completing 13,500 benefit applications, worth more than $32 million in benefits.

“I am proud that the federal government has recognized the success of BenePhilly and awarded the City and DPW half a million dollars to continue its important work,” said Mayor Nutter. “These are hard times financially for many Philadelphians, but particularly seniors….

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