Many families whose food stamp benefits either have been reduced or cut off have asked to appeal the decisions through the city's Fair Hearing Division Office, officials of the Department of Human Resources said recently.

The office is located at 500 First St. NW, Room 8000.

Present benefits will continue until the hearing process is completed. However, if the finding is in the city's favor, the appealing family will be required to repay the extra benefits received.

As a result, numerous social service agencies in the D.C. Food Stamp Coalition are volunteering information services to food stamp families who wish to appeal their cases.

The volunteers will help families find out why the changes were made, explain current and upcoming changes in the federal food stamp regulations, outline the D.C. fair hearings appeals process and help the family decide if it would be more, or less costly, to appeal.

The volunteering agencies and persons to contact are:

For senior citizens 60 and older, Sandra Boettcher at Hogan and Hartson at 331-4748 or Cheryl Fish at Legal Counsel for the Elderly at 234-0970.

Linda Greenan, United Planning Organization at 638-7300, ext. 344.

Rob Haarsager, Interfaith Conference/Hunger Task Force at 234-6300.

Laura Blowe or Thelma Washington, Center City Community Corporation (the Four Cs) at 789-0866.

Gracie Roland, Change Inc., at 387-3725.

Delores Farrow at Community Improvement Corp., 399-6900.

Alice Wilson or Ola Spencer, Neighborhood Development Center No. 1 at 462-6401.

Neighborhood Legal Services at 628-9161. All seven NLS offices (listed in the phone book) will have lawyers and paralegals providing help.