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

SNAP Webinar on 3 Month Time Limit Oct 8th; Central MA SNAP Coalition Meeting Oct 22nd; MLRI Basic Benefits Training Series 2015/16

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 1:36pm -- FoodSNAP

First, the good news ... for now. SNAP benefits for families and individuals currently receiving SNAP will not be impacted in October. The U.S. Congress on Wednesday voted to avert a government shutdown just hours before a midnight deadline, passing a stop-gap measure to extend funding for federal agencies until Dec. 11. Read the MSN article on Congress Passing Funding Bill.

Upcoming EA and SNAP Trainings and Conferences in October, Project Bread Job Announcement

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 2:43pm -- FoodSNAP

All the signs now indicate that Government shutdown will be averted - for now. Nonetheless, we fully expect this issue to come back full throttle in early December.  More news to follow.  Looking forward, here's a couple of important events for your October 2015 calendars:

Important Email from FRAC: Impact of Potential Government Shutdown on SNAP Unclear

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 9:29pm -- FoodSNAP
This is very important information about current deliberations in Congress and SNAP. If you do not get FRAC emails, please consider joining their eblast list.  This is a very delicate situation - we will do our best to keep you posted.

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From: Food Research and Action Center <>
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sept 16th Webinar on SNAP and College Students: Sept 18th SNAP Training on Helping Seniors and Persons With Disabilities (Boston) - Registration now!!

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 11:27am -- FoodSNAP

Quick reminder on two trainings in September !

1.  SNAP Academy Webinar - SNAP and Low Income College Students - September 16th 

This one hour FREE webinar is on: Wednesday, September 16th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST

SNAP Policy Updates: Improvements in BEACON system and SNAP Processing; Updated/Translated Medical Expense Brochure; CHW Watch Brief on Nurturing Children with Special Needs

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:30pm -- FoodSNAP

We are writing to give you more updates of PROGRESS being made in Massachusetts!  Some of this is "in the weeds" -  but since many of you ask about or follow this stuff so, here goes: 

1.  BEACON System Improvements for SNAP Applications and Interim Reporting:  

At the end of August DTA made many updates to their computer system, BEACON. We wanted to share with you some of the biggest changes that will impact your clients and your advocacy.


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