The Guild Food Stamp Clinic (GFSC) is a partnership of students from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Philadelphia Legal Assistance. GFSC’s student advocates assist people in applying for food stamps and appealing terminations or reductions in food stamp benefits.
The work is performed under the supervision of attorneys at Philadelphia Legal Assistance during a weekly, three-hour shift. During weekly GFSC shifts, student volunteers perform client case management of existing food stamp cases and conduct client intake. Students communicate directly with clients to gather information about their food stamp issues and correspond directly with Assistant District Administrators at the Department of Public Welfare on behalf of clients. Student volunteers also research and apply state food stamp laws and regulations to each distinct set of facts presented by each client in an effort to resolve their legal problems. During this academic year, there will also be broader research opportunities available, focused on the SNAP program and agencies that serve potential SNAP clients.
This is typically a year-long commitment, therefore students who participate in the fall should also be willing to do so in the spring.