Navigating the employment landscape is more challenging than ever, as technological advances, the rise of contract and part-time work, and an increasingly diverse workforce are changing the nature of work. In particular, target populations with less access to education and work opportunities need support in finding jobs, accessing benefits that enhance stability, and advancing in their careers.
Many working families, seniors, and the disabled struggle to put food on the table. Since 2011, Seedco has helped thousands of Baltimore area residents access vital food benefits. Seedco’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach is focused on Baltimore residents, prevents hunger, helps seniors and families make healthier food choices, and counters misinformation and stigma associated with receiving SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps. The barriers are numerous: limited knowledge, language and education barriers, pervasive myths, and difficulty accessing transportation to access in-person assistance. We overcome these barriers by working at community-based sites, providing culturally competent services, and conducting wide outreach and information sharing. In addition, Seedco uses its EarnBenefitsOnline tool to screen individuals for a range of other benefits for which they may qualify.
In collaboration with CASH Campaign of Maryland, Bon Secours Community Works, and Centro de Ayuda, Seedco disseminates information, provides SNAP eligibility screenings, and directly assists people with completing the SNAP application. This program is funded by the State of Maryland Department of Human Services.