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M4A has new 4 x 9 Rack Cards available for distribution. Please help us with our community outreach efforts by distributing the cards and information across your local community. Contact M4A to receive your free rack cards today!.

Meet the M4A Staff Behind the "Friendly Voices"

M4A wants to give a shout-out to four very special individuals who work tirelessly advocating on behalf of individuals who contact our office.These four staff members are the first point of contact for consumers who contact us for information, assistance, and services. They have answered and helped over 3,500 callers so far just in 2016 alone!

Janice Cates is our primary Receptionist. All individuals who contact M4A are greeted by Janice who then does a great job to make sure they are connected to another staff person for individualized assistance. 

Sharon Echols is our Administrative Assistant and also serves as the backup Receptionist to handle our incoming consumer calls. Sharon and Janice handle a variety of administrative tasks and work closely together to make sure each consumer call is answered and returned in a timely manner.

Ellen Brechin and Kay Hart serve as Consumer Specialists for our Aging & Disability Resource Center. These ladies work hand in glove to listen and counsel consumers, properly screen consumers for programs and services they may be eligible to receive, and connect consumers with local resources when needed.

 
        JANICE CATES      
        SHARON ECHOLS
                     ELLEN BRECHIN                  KAY HART
IN ALABAMA, 65,000 SENIORS ARE USING SNAP. 
SNAP helps Alabamians, including seniors, purchase healthy food at the grocery store. Contact M4A today to be screened and to apply for SNAP.
M4A partners with the Department of Human Resources (DHR) to screen and assist individuals to enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Alabama. The Food Assistance Program's purpose is to end hunger and improve nutrition by providing monthly benefits to eligible low income households to help them buy the food they need for good health. The eligibility rules and benefit amounts, based on income and household size, are determined by regulations issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service.

The Alabama Elderly Simplified Application Project (AESAP) is designed to reinvent the Food Assistance Program application process for those households where all members are elderly (age 60 or older), and have no earned income. This project is a major outreach effort to a segment of our population facing barriers to participation in the Food Assistance Program due to complexity of the application process and problems associated with age, such as transportation, mobility and disability. It is designed to increase the efficiency of the Food Assistance Program and improve delivery of food assistance benefits to eligible households by improving program administration.

Eligibility Criteria
● All household members are 60 years of age and older on the date of application.
● No earned income in the month of application.
● Income and resource limits are the same as for any other food assistance household.

Interview Procedure
● Two Page Application (Front/Back)
● Three year certification
● No face-to-face interview unless requested by the household
● Household self-declares eligibility information, unless questionable (see verification requirements below for exceptions)
● Benefits calculated the same as any other food assistance household

CALL M4A TODAY TO RECEIVE MORE INFORMATION.

The language used in this article was abstracted from the DHR website.
More information can be found at www.dhr.alabama.gov.
AS REPORTED IN THE DHR ANNUAL REPORT FOR FY2015:
 
● Over $5.3 million was collected on food assistance claims in FY 2015. DHR retained $852,591 of this money. Fraud collections represent less than 20% of total collections for prior over payments.
● 16 retail stores were disqualified for trafficking SNAP benefits.
● 206 recipients were referred to DHR investigators for trafficking and other possible fraudulent activities.
● 110 cases were referred to the DHR Legal Division for possible prosecution for fraud, involving over $1 million in benefits.
● 6,144 cases were determined to be possible claims, although not all were considered possible fraud. Some cases were other types of claims including administrative errors.
● 6,352 cases were determined to have received overpayments totaling $5 million.
 
 RECIPIENTS WHO COMMIT FRAUD ARE REQUIRED TO REPAY SNAP BENEFITS AND ARE DISQUALIFIED FROM PROGRAM PARTICIPATION FOR A PERIOD OF TIME RANGING FROM SIX MONTHS TO PERMANENTLY. 
 
IF YOU SUSPECT FRAUD, PLEASE REPORT IT DIRECTLY TO YOUR COUNTY DHR OFFICE.
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                                      Saginaw, Alabama 35137

                                            
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                                         209 Cloverdale Circle
                                     
                                     Alabaster, Alabama  35007
                                           
                               
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