Release No. 0538.10
USDA Office of Communications (202) 720-4623
USDA Announces 2010 SNAP Hunger Champion Awards
BOISE, Idaho, Oct. 19, 2010 — USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon today announced the 2010 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Hunger Champion Award recipients. The awardees demonstrate exemplary service conducting outreach activities and assisting eligible clients to obtain nutrition benefits.
"Putting healthy food within reach for low income Americans has never been more important," said Concannon. "These local offices have gone the extra mile to reach out to and educate needy members of their communities about the nutrition benefits of SNAP and how to apply. Through innovative strategies and creative partnerships, these honorees serve as models for local offices across the country."
Hunger Champion awardees are recognized with a plaque or certificate of accomplishment according to their level of recognition. Gold awardees were invited to the American Public Human Service Association's (APHSA) annual conference for State SNAP Directors in Boise, Idaho, this week to share their outreach strategies with USDA and other States.
The 2010 SNAP Hunger Champion Award recipients are:
Gold Hunger Champions
- Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services, Chesterfield, Va.
- Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency, Ukiah, Calif.
Silver Hunger Champions
- Tuscaloosa County Department of Human Resources, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- Circuit 17, Department of Children and Family, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
- Circuit 15, Department of Children and Family, West Palm Beach, Fla.
- Garfield County Human Service Center, Enid, Okla.
- Berks County Assistance Office, Reading, Pa.
Bronze Hunger Champions
- Division of Public Assistance Central Region, Anchorage, Alaska
- Lafayette County Department of Human Services, Lewisville, Ark.
- Family Assistance Administration, Gilbert Office, Site Code 755C, Gilbert, Ariz.
- Arizona Department of Economic Security, Local Office 116C, Phoenix, Ariz.
- Adam County Social Services, Commerce City, Colo.
- Circuit 5, Florida Department of Children and Families, Wildwood, Fla.
- Union County Department of Human Services, Anna, Ill.
- Wayne County Department of Human Services, Conner Service Center, Detroit, Mich.
- Bergen County Board of Social Services, Rochelle Park, N.J.
- Hudson County Division of Social Services, Jersey City, N.J.
- San Juan County Income Support Division Office, Farmington, N.M.
- McDowell County Department of Social Services, Marion, N.C.
- Hamilton County Department of Jobs and Family Services, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Portland Metro Processing Center, Portland, Ore.
- Newport Self-Sufficiency Office, Newport, Ore.
- St. Helens, Self –Sufficiency Office, St. Helens, Ore.
- Bucks County Assistance Office, Bristol, Pa.
- Henrico County Social Services, Henrico, Va.
- Fredericksburg Department of Social Services, Fredericksburg, Va.
- Newport News Dept of Human Services, Newport News, Va.
- Region 6 Peninsula CSOs, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Forks, Wash.
- Summers County Department of Health and Human Resources, Hinton, W.Va.
- Berkeley County office of Department of Health and Human Resources, Martinsburg, W.Va.
All eligible Hunger Champion Award nominees will be listed as exemplary offices on the FNS web site at
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) oversees the administration of 15 nutrition assistance programs that touch the lives of one in four Americans over the course of a year. These programs work in concert to form a national safety net against hunger. SNAP, the largest program, serves nearly 42 million people each month putting healthy food within reach for low-income Americans nationwide. Visit
www.fns.usda.gov for information about FNS and the USDA nutrition assistance programs.