SNAP sign up at Berkshire Athenaeum - Nov. 18

The Berkshire Athenaeum will host a sign-up event for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18.

SNAP is a federal program that helps to stretch a family’s food budget. SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food at grocery and convenience stores, some farmers’ markets and co-op food programs. Individuals earning an income from wages, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or retirement income may be considered eligible for SNAP; one-on-one sessions with those interested will be conducted in private.

 “We’ve learned from the staff at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts that many people don’t realize they are eligible for SNAP and don’t apply. So we’ve reached out to host regular sign-up events for SNAP here at the library,” said Reference Librarian Madeline Kelly.

Those who are interested should bring proof of identity (driver’s license, birth certificate, or Social Security number); proof of Massachusetts residency (driver’s license, utility bill or tax filing); non-citizen status (green card or immigration papers). Income documents are also needed (pay stubs; proof of Social Security, pension, workers compensation or child support income). Documents related to housing, utilities, medical expenses, child support and/or child or adult care may also be helpful.

Those with additional questions about SNAP can contact the Food Bank at 1-800-247-9632.