(PRWEB) June 14, 2012
The recent news surrounding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a hunger solution for more than 45 million Americans, prompted the creators behind FoodStamps.org to develop a site that would address the needs not often plainly put on government food stamp information portals. State sites often left out important details, such as how to apply online and how assets determined the amount of assistance. For that reason, FoodStamps.org became a hotspot online for thousands of visitors within the first day of its opening, and since that day, the growth of the food stamps web community has grown 1500 percent.
“We really just saw an essential desire to understand more about this assistance program and how it helps people, and once we realized that food stamps usage had increased dramatically, it became a real duty to supply a guide, because there simply wasn’t one,” said Paul Drago, one of the founders behind FoodStamps.org. “The growth was just staggering to see, and our researchers and developers were really excited to see the praise from our visitors.”
With a state-by-state food stamp program guide, informational guidance articles and a daily updated blog, FoodStamps.org also provides a useful search tool that lists all of the assistance programs available in a visitor’s area. The tool has simplified the application process for many visitors, who didn’t know where to begin with government assistance.
“All I knew was that I couldn’t make sense of my state’s food stamps application. It was online, but it just wouldn’t work and I couldn’t find the number for the right office, so I had to try something else,” wrote Maggie Bernhardt, a 42-year-old mother of three from Idaho. “FoodStamps.org had this map and I just clicked my state, found a downloadable application and the number to call my department office. That alone just saved me so much time.”
Bernhardt isn’t the only visitor who praised FoodStamps.org for its commitment. Many visitors sent comments, questions and testimonials to the creators. Those questions turned into informational blog posts, where readers found the answers to those questions but even more, they also saw just how committed the writers were to the visitor’s problems.
“There are so many issues connected to the hunger problem in America. The site centers on this one program, but that isn’t its entire focus. We had to make it about finding other aid and food programs, in addition to budgeting with food stamps aid. We also wanted to help people join advocacy for food stamps and other hunger groups around the nation. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we just use that to think of new ideas for the future of the site,” said Drago.
Visitors to FoodStamps.org can expect to see the content diversify in coming months, expanding to provide more information on asset limits from state to state and also how to join advocacy groups in their fight to prevent lawmakers from raising asset and income limits on a program that currently affects millions of American.