By Irma Gomez
Roosevelt will bring a representative from the Illinois Hunger Coalition (IHC) to comus on Tuesday, April 10 and Thursday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in AUD 260.
This is an effort from the Multicultural Student Support Services and the Homelessness and Food Insecurity Task Force (HFI) to bring information to the Roosevelt student body about benefits that they might qualify for.
“This came about during the Pride Action Tank at Governor State University in January, where there was a group of non-profit organizations and other organizations, where they all come together to discuss the homelessness and food insecurity needs in their campuses’ states,” Pamela Thompson-Hill, director of the Multicultural Student Support Services said.
“In that event, one of the universities brought up how they brought a representative to regularly meet with students to help them apply to these benefits,” Thompson-Hill said. “I thought that this would be a great service for Roosevelt students and it would be great for the students who use the food pantry so they learn about benefits they may qualify.”
The IHC representative will be able to do on the spot applications for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) including Link card and All Kids and Family care and answer any questions in regards to the Temporary Assistance of Needy Families program (TANF).
IHC representatives will also give information of neighborhood food pantries, the Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), free and reduced-priced clinics, free mammograms and the Illinois Special Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants, and Child program (WIC).
“The SNAP application is quite lengthy, so it is important to have a representative from the Illinois Hunger Coalition on the campus to assist students and walk them through the process,” Thompson-Hill said.
If you or someone you know is planning to attend and apply for SNAP benefits, here are some documents you should bring: a copy of your state ID card, social security number, proof of income for the last 30 days (such as checks or pay stubs) and a copy of your work study award letter or letter that you are on a work study waiting list if applicable.
It is important for students to also be aware that Roosevelt has an active and ongoing food and toiletry pantry. The hours of the pantry are Monday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Students can also go in by appointment by emailing HFI@roosevelt.edu.
Roosevelt students are also encouraged to donate either food or toiletries at the Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, Multicultural Student Support Services, Office of Residence Life or Center for Student Involvement.