On August 1st, USDA announced implementation the upcoming cost of living adjustment (COLA) for SNAP benefits - effective October 1st (start of federal fiscal year 2015) You can find the USDA memo and table of increases at the following link: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/snap/SNAP_%20FY_2015_Cost_of_Living_Adjustments.pdf
Here are the highlights:
1. This year's Basic Benefits Training Series will kick off on Thursday, October 16, 2014 with a session on Assisting Families Experiencing Homelessness. Find the full schedule for all 11 trainings on MassLegalServices,http://www.masslegalservices.org/content/basic-public-benefits-advocacy-training-series-2014-2015-dates-announced or see the attached flyer.
The distressing news story from the Atlantic Journal-Constitution below, flagged by the Food Research Action Center, comes out of the state of Georgia. We would very much like to know if you are hearing of similar store check out experiences in Massachusetts for either SNAP or WIC participants.
As an organization that works with low income people in Massachusetts, we wanted to make sure that your staff knows about the Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder -- a new, web based tool that connects low income people in Massachusetts with legal help. To use the LRF, which is free, people go to www.MassLRF.org, andÂ enter their zip code or town, approximate monthly income and household size, and the type of legal problem they need help with.
1) Below is a link to a powerful photo essay by National Geographic on hunger in America. PLEASE consider sending in comments - especially to counter some of the venom from some of the commenters. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodfeatures/hunger/
2. See email below from Maria Infante re a position for a SNAP Enrollment Coordinator:
This is a reminder that theJuly SNAP Coalition Meeting is Tuesday, July 22nd from 10 to Noon at St. Francis House in Boston (6th floor). This is the FINAL meeting of the summer until September 23rd. NO meeting in August.
We are writing to ask SNAP Coalition Members to flag SNAP or cash cases of individuals currently or previously denied or terminated from SNAP or cash assistance benefits because DTA thought they were incarcerated. DTA started an "automated" prison match with the Department of Corrections (DOC) in June of 2013.