Tuesday, July 13, 2010

County voucher program helps people in need, infuses $2 million into local economy

County voucher program helps people in need, infuses $2 million into local economy

Solano County is looking for several local businesses interested in participating in a voucher program to help low-income families buy $2 million in groceries and back-to-school supplies.

The participating businesses must be located in Solano County and offer a 20% discount on the eligible purchases, which will count as a local match to draw down the Federal stimulus dollars.

“This program helps local families in need while infusing much needed dollars into the local economy,” said Christiana Smith, Solano County Health and Social Services deputy director for Employment and Eligibility Services.

During July and August, Employment and Eligibility Services expects to partner with local businesses to provide an estimated 4,500 families $200 in vouchers to purchase emergency food through the Food Stamp and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. An estimated 5,550 school-age children will receive $200 per child in vouchers for school clothing and supplies.

Vendors can apply to participate in one or both of the voucher opportunities made available under the Federal 2010 Non-Recurrent Short-Term Benefits Voucher Program. All vouchers must be redeemed by Aug. 15, 2010, and invoices submitted by Sept. 1, 2010.

Interested vendors should go to www.solanocounty.com/vendorinfo and select Bids&RFPs for additional details and requirements. The completed agreement form should be returned by July 19 to Solano County H&SS Contracts Bureau, 275 Beck Ave. MS 5-220, Fairfield, CA 94533.

For more information about the program, contact Jessica Manibusan at (707) 784-8530.

Posted: July 1, 2010