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College Program Joins Partners to Help Residents Apply for Food Benefits

Release Date: 5/31/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College
410-386-8411

Carroll Community College Adult Education Program Joins with Partners to Help Residents Apply for Supplemental Food Benefits

Westminster, Md., --Five local agencies will combine efforts on June 15 to help Carroll County residents apply for supplemental food benefits and other supports for them and their families. The event will be held 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Human Services Programs' Family Center, which is located at 10 Distillery Drive in Westminster.

Human Services Programs (HSP), the Carroll County Department of Social Services (CCDSS), Carroll Food Sunday (CFS) and Shepherd's Staff will join forces with the college Adult Education Program to host a session during which clients can apply for food benefits through the DSS SNAP program, register for the Shepherd's Staff Back-to- School Program, and learn about free GED, ESOL and family classes.

"The idea was born during an information session CCDSS hosted for local service providers about the SNAP program," said Becki Maurio, director of Adult Education Programs at Carroll Community College. "Busy families find challenges making time to visit different providers. In order to address this, the providers are looking for creative ways to offer information about benefits and services to the community. When agencies work together to send information out to the immigrant community, it's a win-win situation. Service providers can leverage resources and clients are better able to navigate and access services." The college will provide interpreters for the event and will promote upcoming GED and English classes offered at HSP. Kate Fisher, PIA Case Manager at CCDSS said, "The outreach committee is always looking for ways to reach the diverse groups in our community. It is our goal to provide services to eligible Carroll County residents, regardless of any language barriers. We hope that this event will help to clarify some of the myths surrounding the SNAP program and about our Spanish-speaking population." CCDSS will have case managers and interpreters on hand to help people complete the online application during the event.

Ed Leister, Board President for Carroll Food Sunday says, "We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with everyone involved in the event to help our clients apply for supplemental food assistance benefits and programs."

In addition, Shepherd's Staff will be on-site to register children for their annual Back-to-School Program. The program provides school supplies and shoe vouchers for local children each fall.

This event is free and open to the public. More information can be obtained by calling the college's Adult Education Program at 410-386-2550.

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Note to the Media: For best response to your inquiry, please contact Sylvia Blair by calling 410-386-8411 or e-mailing sblair@carrollcc.edu.

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