State and federal officials unveiled a collaborative outreach program aimed at getting more people who are eligible for food stamps enrolled in the program.

"There are hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents who are probably not even aware that they qualify for the program," said DTA Commissioner John Wagner. "Not only do food stamps provide an important health and nutritional value, but they also help individuals and families enhance their financial resources."

Speaking at the New England Medical Center MBTA station, Wagner said the "Good Food Good Health" posters are now on display in Orange, Red, Blue and Green Line stations and in more than 400 subway cars.

"The Food Stamp Program is the nation's first line of defense against hunger, a powerful tool to improve the nutrition and health of millions of low-income people," said Frances Zorn, regional administrator, USDA Food and Nutrition Service. "For more than 30 years, it has helped low-income people purchase nutritious food. These benefits are particularly helpful for America's working poor, helping them to maintain their financial independence."

The posters ( English doc format of fs-poster-eng.doc / Spanish doc format of fs-poster-span.doc ) come on the heels of a two-month radio campaign that will be repeated in August as well as a combined effort among DTA, USDA and the Social Security Administration known as the Bay State Combined Application (CAP) project.

Presentation, Press Release, and Posters


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