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Media on MA Schools Pursuing Free Meals for All Students Under "CEP" - Is YOUR Local School Stepping up to the Plate?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 12:58pm -- FoodSNAP

The clock is ticking - June 30th is the deadline for School Districts to notify the Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) they wish to participate in the federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and provide free lunch and breakfast to all children in one or more schools, or to students in the entire school district. About 25 school districts have sent letters to DESE expressing interest in CEP, but quite a few more school districts can participate if they choose to do so. Here's a link to the list of school districts potentially eligible.

Additional Massachusetts Schools or School Districts Potentially Eligible for "Community Eligibility" or Universal Free Meals for Their Low-Income Students: Deadline is June 30th

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:08pm -- FoodSNAP

Did you know that there are 880 elementary and secondary schools in Massachusetts - of nearly 2,000 schools - that have high percentages of low income students and could be providing free breakfast and lunches to ALL students in the school or throughout the school district?

SNAP Policy Update: Job search requirements, exemptions and reimbursements for job search expenses

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:35am -- FoodSNAP

Under the SNAP rules, household members ages 16 through 59 are required register for work during SNAP application and recertification - unless exempt. (SNAP household members are exemptfrom the work registration/ job search requirements when: receiving Unemployment Comp; already working 30 hours/week or more; caring for a child under age 6 or a person with disabilities; pregnant in 2nd or 3rd trimester; temporarily or permanently incapacitated; in school at least half time; participating in a drug or alcohol treatment program and other exemptions.)

SNAP Policy Update: RMV driver license or RMV state ID acceptable for proof of MA Residence and Identity

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:08pm -- FoodSNAP
MLRI recently became aware of a number of SNAP web applications denied for lack of verification of residence, even though the applicant submitted a current RMV license or state ID.  SNAP Coalition members also flagged this problem at the May 20th Coalition meeting. Under federal and state SNAP regulations, a SNAP applicant or recipient may verify residence through a wide range of documents, including a current RMV license or state ID that includes the current address of a SNAP applicant or recipient.** 
 

Update on DTA's Electronic Document Management System or "EDM"

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:37am -- FoodSNAP

At the May 20th SNAP Coalition meeting, John Augeri of DTA Central attended and gave a detailed presentation on the state's new Electronic Document Management (EDM) system. (John has been with DTA for 25+ years and is very much committed to making sure this works well and that customer service is not lost in the process of modernization.) Attached is an FAQ for DTA case managers that gives more detail on EDM. MLRI also has detailed training materials on EDM if you want to get into the weeds.

Today's Mobile Markets Event in Worcester RESCHEDULED; Revised EBT photo Card Farmers Market Flier

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:02pm -- FoodSNAP
See email from Frank Martinez-Nocito re rescheduling of event due to foul weather.  If you would like to get updates on this and other events, please send Frank your email.  frank.martineznocito@state.ma.us
 
Separately, there was a small error in the EBT photo flier which is revised (attached).  Please let us know if your clients are experiencing any problems with the Mass photo EBT policy and/or hassles at the check out line.

School Meals and Community Eligibility Provision (CEP): New Bedford Elects Free Meals to ALL students. Ask your school district to embrace CEP too!

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 11:52am -- FoodSNAP

Breaking news:  Last week, the New Bedford School Department announced it will pursue the “Community Eligibility Provision" (CEP) available under the 2010 Child Nutrition Act to provide free breakfasts and lunch to all students in the school district as well as five local private or parochial schools. See South Coast News Report of 5/22/14 posted HERE.

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