New process developed to help Bronx residents apply for food stamps

The state has found that many people eligible for food stamp benefits are not applying so officials have developed a new process to make things easier.

Elderly and disabled Bronx residents typically don't sign up for the benefits even though they are eligible. Now the state is mailing out electronic benefit transfer cards to residents who are eligible and have not signed up.

Russell Sykes, the deputy commissioner of the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, says the outreach is part of a new pilot program called the New York State Nutrition Improvement Project.

Sykes says so far the project seems to be a success. He adds that hopefully in the future people will automatically be enrolled in food stamp benefits when they sign up for Social Security or disability benefits.

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