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URI SNAP Outreach Team Selected as Finalists for the 2017 A. Robert Rainville Leadership Award

TEAMThe Outreach team was nominated by Dr. Kathleen Gorman, Professor of Psychology and Director of the URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America. The selection process involves the completion of an an application including a personal statement from the nominee(s), and gathering letters of recommendation. In addition to Dr. Gorman, Jay Burdick of United Way 2-1-1 supported the SNAP Outreach Team with a letter of recommendation.  The chosen finalists are interviewed by a selection panel and are honored at the Rainville Student Leadership Awards Banquet, where the award winners are announced.

The SNAP Outreach Team is a group of undergraduate students employed by the Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America. They work together to assist low-income Rhode Islanders access benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps). Outreach workers undergo extensive training and participate in professional development meetings once a week to ensure successful client assistance. Outreach workers answer questions about SNAP and help eligible individuals complete applications in the community, while also staffing a toll-free hotline about SNAP to callers across Rhode Island. In accomplishing the goal of increased access to nutrition assistance, outreach workers learn skills in communication, problem-solving, and empathetic listening.

Along with the winning team, M.U.S.I.C. (Multicultural Unity and Student Involvement Council) the Outreach team joined Best Buddies, Habitat for Humanity, and the Student Entertainment Committee as a finalist. Congratulations to the SNAP Outreach Team and all of the finalists!

Pictured From left: Ethan Snow, Rachael Holmes, Wilson Flores, Andy Rithiphong, Sara Quaresma.  

Team members not pictured: Elise Hayes, Olivia Minardi, Tracy Partica, Helen Prates, Abigail Tubman

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