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The latest information on SNAP/ Food Stamp advocacy in Massachusetts.

Information on the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) for MA SNAP recipients coming soon!

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:06pm -- FoodSNAP

Some upbeat news!

We did not have a chance at yesterday's SNAP Coalition meeting to update folks on the great work being done by DTA and community orgs to launch a Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) in Massachusetts. HIP Project Director Frank Martinez-Nocito of DTA sent on the following information to be shared describing the project to boost the food resources for SNAP recipients. 

DTA Connect Phase 2 - send DTA documents from a smartphone!!

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 11:55am -- FoodSNAP

You or your clients can now use DTA Connect to send documents to DTA!

On Monday DTA released the second phase of DTA Connect, allowing clients to submit documents to DTA directly through the app!!

This is very exciting for our clients who have access to a smartphone. Sending DTA documents through the app is very, very useful because it connects the documents directly to the client's case. This means no one at the Document Management Center needs to look at them- so they can be reviewed more quickly by a DTA worker.

SNAP Gap/Common App Bill - Please Contact your House/Senate Members to Co-Sponsor; Nomination for USDA Secretary Announced and other FRAC/national news

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:31pm -- FoodSNAP

1) Co-Sponsors Needed for SNAP Gap/Common App Legislation

Representative Jay Livingstone and Senator Sal DiDomenico are each filing the SNAP Gap/Common App legislation: An Act Improving Public Health through a Common Application for Core Food, Health and Safety-net Programs

What you need to know:

  • Please urge your local Representative to sign on to co-sponsor Rep Livingstone's bill, House Docket #655, and Senator DiDomenico's Bill, Senate Docket #247. Attached is the fact sheet with Docket numbers. 

National Sign-on Letter: Safeguarding the Federal Nutrition Programs; Upcoming SNAP Coalition Meeting on January 24th; SNAP Training on Feb 9th and more !

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:06pm -- FoodSNAP

The new Trump Administration officially takes office on Friday, January 20th.  Please take a moment to read and sign onto the organizational sign on letter (see links below) from National Anti-Hunger Organizations.  This letter is for local and state organizations too!!  We need a STRONG showing of support from Massachusetts organizations to the Administration and incoming Congress.

Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting - Tuesday, January 24th from 10 to Noon, St Francis House, Boston 

Next Tuesday is the first SNAP Coalition meeting for 2017. The AGENDA will include

SNAP verifications for RSDI/SSI and shelter costs, provider info sessions to expand E&T

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:25am -- FoodSNAP

Reminder regarding verifications: RSDI/SSI and self declarations for SNAP

We continue to hear from community partners about verification issues. Verifications are one of the biggest access barriers for our clients. It is very hard for our clients to get and maintain their benefits if DTA aks for documents that are not relevant or that have been previously submitted. Excessive and unnecessary verification requests also make a lot more work for DTA. 

Two areas where we see a lot of issues:

Grant Award of $500 per school available for high rates of school breakfast participation - Application deadline Feb 14th

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 9:45am -- FoodSNAP

Please let your local schools know of this grant award.

$500 can be critical for schools to buy some of the equipment (coolers and hotpacks on wheels and other materials and supplies) local schools use to deliver breakfast in the classroom. Federal USDA funding pays for the costs of the breakfast itself. This is a terrific opportunity for local schools.

Co-Sponsors Needed for 2017 Bill to Close SNAP Gap/ Create Common App ! Interactive Map of SNAP Gap by City and Town

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:01am -- FoodSNAP

SNAP Gap/Common App Legislation needs House and Senate Co-Sponsors - ASAP!

MLRI, the Mass Public Health Association and Members of the MA SNAP Coalition are working with Representative Jay Livingstone and Senator Sal DiDomenico on 2017 Legislation

An Act Improving Public Health through a Common Application for Core Food, Health and Safety-net Programs. The bill has two goals:

  • Requires DTA and EOHHS to allow MassHealth applicants and recipients to apply for SNAP at the same time as a MassHealth application or renewal.

Upcoming Events: Coalition on Elder Economic Security Forming - First Meeting Jan 13th; Upcoming Trainings on TAFDC, Vets, SNAP and Health - Jan 11, 28, Feb 9 and Feb 28!

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 11:21am -- FoodSNAP

We have some really important events coming up to flag for you:

Massachusetts Coalition on Elder Economic Security (CEES) - Kick off Meeting at AARP on January 13th

You are invited to join a growing Coalition of Massachusetts organizations on Friday, January 13th at 10:30am for an important meeting to discuss the formation of a new Coalition for Elder Economic Security.

Why? Massachusetts is falling behind and seniors are paying the price.

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