Ensuring that low-income families and children have access to healthy food choices and resources to purchase adequate food supports long-term health and well-being. Hawai‘i Appleseed is committed to advocating for low income individuals and families to continue access to food stamps as important way to support needy families.
Hawai‘i Appleseed advocates for the improvement of the State of Hawai‘i's Department of Human Services systems used to process applications ensure the provision of benefits, particularly the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) within the timeframes required by the federal regulations that govern the program. When DHS timeliness reached an all-time low, with some state offices processing more than 40% of the applications untimely (below the Federal Standards of 5%), and with needy families facing delays of more than three months, Appleseed partnered with the National Center for Law and Economic Justice and local firm Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing to file a federal court class action lawsuit aimed at requiring the DHS to comply with federal requirements on processing SNAP applications.
Click here to read more on the litigation.
Click here to view a chart depicting the application timeliness across Hawai‘i
In June 2014, we released a report on SNAP and EITC. Click here to see more.
We released this infographic describing SNAP usage in Hawai‘i. Click here to see more.
Click here to visit the Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division at the Department of Human Services website.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (DOA) operates a national program that provides full reimbursement for public and charter schools that provide breakfast, lunch or after school meals to low income children. While providing critical nourishment to hungry children, the federal funding also brings helps our local economy. Currently, federal funding for Hawai‘i's school meal program is $42,464,553 for the 2009-2010 school year. Appleseed has conducted research on mainland models that have successfully increased the size of the food meals program, served more meals to eligible children and increased federal revenues that support the increased use of the program by children. Click here to read more.