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#StoptheBlock and Oppose House School Meals Block Grant Proposal - Sign onto FRAC Statement OPPOSING the CNR Block Grant !

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:40am -- FoodSNAP

I realize many of you get the FRAC eblast, but in case not we are sending this on.

This is an URGENT email from our national organization, Food Research Action Center.  Please take a moment to review and add your name and organizational muscle to this campaign.  DEADLINE for signing on is TODAY, Thursday, June 9th.

Organizational SIGN ON letter to House-Senate Conference Committee In Support of Closing the SNAP Gap, pursuing a Common App! PLEASE SIGN ON

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 4:46pm -- FoodSNAP

The FY2017 Budget Conference Committee formed last week. Over the next few weeks, 3 Representatives and 3 Senators* will meet and discuss key differences in the FY17 House and Senate budgets. Their job is to "reconcile" the budget language and spending, and come up with a final budget to send to the Governor. 

The GOOD NEWS is that both budgets include proposals to closing the "SNAP Gap" and creating a common application portal.

Upcoming SNAP Training in Central Mass on June 21st: Maximizing SNAP for Older Adults Age 60 and Older - Basic Rules and Benefits Rights

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 9:02am -- FoodSNAP

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Worcester County Food Bank, and Central West Justice Center (CLA) will be sponsoring a much needed training on Maximizing SNAP for Adults Age 60 and Older: Basic SNAP Application Rules and Benefits Rights.  This training is for community organizations that work with low income older adults (or persons with disabilities). Please see attached flyer.

It will be held in the Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence Street, Worcester, MA, on Tuesday, June 21st from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.

USDA SNAP guidance: Veterans receiving any amount of VA Disability Compensation are EXEMPT from the 3 Month SNAP Time Limit!

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 8:53am -- FoodSNAP

Good news for veterans! The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released guidance last week, dated 5/20/16 but circulated just before Memorial Day. Veterans who receive VA Disability Compensation Benefits should be considered "physically or mentally unfit for employment" - regardless of the disability rating.  This means that a veteran who qualifies for VA Compensation at 10% rating or higher is exempt from the 3 month time limit.  The veteran does NOT need a medical report form documenting he or she is medically unfit for work.

MassLive Press Story - Time to Close the SNAP Gap with Common Application !

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 8:41am -- FoodSNAP

Hot off the press!

Senate considers merging applications for MassHealth, food stamps, Shira Schoenberg, May 26, 2016 at 12:02 PM

http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/05/senate_considers_merging_appli.html

"If someone can do both functions, the benefit is to patients, to consumers," Silva-Winbush (Codman Square Health Center) said. "It would allow us to cross-train individuals and go to a one-stop shop." ..... 

Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting AGENDA for May 24th; 3 Month Time Limit Check In; Free School Meals for Grandkids/Immigrant Kids

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 5:40pm -- FoodSNAP

The next Boston SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, May 24th from 10 AM - 12 PM at St Francis House in Boston, 39 Boylston Street, 6th Floor. (Yes, always the 4th Tuesday of the month, not after Mem Day).

MLRI's Budget Analysis for Senate Ways and Means FY2017; Anti-Hunger Amendments on MEFAP, Food Trust and FINI

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:05am -- FoodSNAP

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 (FY 17) yesterday.  MLRI offers this preliminary analysis of selected budget topics affecting low-income residents of the Commonwealth including cash assistance, anti-hunger programs, child care, health care, child welfare, homelessness and housing.

Senate Ways and Means seeks to CLOSE the SNAP Gap and create a Common Application Portal!

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 5:15pm -- FoodSNAP

Good news! We're Getting Closer to Closing the SNAP Gap!

Senate Ways and Means released it's proposed FY2017 budget today. The Senate created a new line item, 4000-1100 and appropriated $1M for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to move toward a common application portal for MassHealth applicants and recipients to apply for SNAP as well as subsidized child care, and explore the feasibility of adding in other programs, with a goal of July 1, 2107.

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