Due to COVID-19, we have transitioned our Social Services department to operate virtually. Please email email@example.com or call 212-362-3662 ext. 126 for assistance.
WSCAH recognizes that food insecurity is a multifaceted issue and there are many other factors that might contribute to why one is food insecure. In response, WSCAH created its Social Services department to provide customers with a comprehensive suite of benefits to aid them on their paths to self sufficiency. Benefits include: referrals to access shelter, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, financial counseling and tax preparation, educational programs, immigration legal assistance, and sign ups for health insurance, SNAP, SCRIE, and DRIE. All clients who come through WSCAH’s door meet with a member of the Social Services team who guide first-time customers through an initial intake assessment which informs what benefits and services they might be eligible for.
If you are not insured, we can help you enroll in a health plan, find a doctor, and obtain prescription drugs. We can also help you find an affordable clinic to receive medical services you may need.
From February through April, we host a free tax return service. If you work, you can apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit. We can help you with Public Assistance, HASA, Social Security benefits, rent increase and exemption programs.
Food & Nutrition
You may be eligible for SNAP (Food Stamps), Women Infants and Children (WIC), Free or Reduced School Meals. We can also help you find senior meals, food pantries and soup kitchens in your community.
Education & Job Training
West Side Campaign Against Hunger can refer you to many programs: our own Customer Chef Training Class or GED, English as a Second Language Class, child care, resources for special needs, job training and resume assistance.
Housing & Homelessness
West Side Campaign Against Hunger can refer you to housing services, and provide information on supportive housing, legal advocacy and other options.
Success Story: Providing a Range of Services for Struggling Families
Since 2006, Sophia (not her real name) has been coming to West Side Campaign Against Hunger for food and other services. Sophia is an undocumented immigrant, married with two small children and she is now pregnant again. Her husband is the sole supporter of the household. The family has to rent out a room in their apartment just to manage the monthly rent.
When West Side Campaign Against Hunger began to offer SNAP (food stamp) enrollment on-site, Sophia applied through us for the benefit for her children (who are eligible despite her undocumented status). Her children were granted $182 in SNAP benefits.
After that, Sophia continued to seek help with us at every opportunity. Within the last year counselors have helped her re-certify for her SNAP benefits. We also assisted her with applying on-site for Medicaid for pregnant undocumented individuals through our partner agency Children’s Aid Society. We sent Sophia for WIC benefits for pregnant women and young mothers, which she successfully obtained. Our counseling staff also helped Sophia retrieve a lost birth certificate for her daughter and is currently assisting with Medicaid renewal for her daughter.
We’re proud to be able to offer such a range of services to a struggling family.
To better serve our customers, we offer workshops and services on-site that are made possible through key partnerships with not-for-profit organizations and government agencies. Read more about our other partnerships with like-minded organizations.