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Confirming the July SNAP Coalition meeting: Tuesday July 28th

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 2:58pm -- FoodSNAP
This is to confirm the next SNAP Coalition in Boston is Tuesday, July 28th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House, 39 Boylston Street, Boston. 
 
We realized we may have confused folks at one point with an earlier email stating it was July 21st (which was based on room limitations at St Francis House which have since resolved themselves). Sorry !ÂAlso, there is NO Boston-based SNAP Coalition meeting in August but we will keep you posted of any meetings in Worcester and Western MA. 
 

SNAP events in July: Meeting with Baker Administration on SNAP and Seniors; National Hunger Commission Hearing in Portland ME Maine

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 4:18pm -- FoodSNAP
Greetings all and Happy 6th of July!  We have a couple of important events to get on the calendars of folks not on vacation this month!
 

1. Meeting with EOEA and DTA on SNAP and Seniors - July 16th:

Client Assistance Coordinators in DTA Offices for SNAP and Cash Clients with Disabilities who Seek Accommodations.

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 4:46pm -- FoodSNAP

In the update sent last week regarding implementation of the Harper Settlement Agreement, Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) staff noted that Client Assistance Coordinators have been appointed in all DTA offices. DTA has now published their contact information.  It'€™s attached and is also included in DTA's Online Guide at: 

DTA sends "Corrective Action Plan" to USDA on steps to address Massachusetts SNAP crisis

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 2:40pm -- FoodSNAP
For your weekend reading pleasure, attached are documents we received yesterday on the state's response to USDA. (Also included is USDA's original letter to Massachusetts of 5/5/15)  
 
And if you want the cliff notes, here's a Worcester Telegraph and Telegram article today covering the details of the plan and next steps: http://www.telegram.com/article/20150626/NEWS/150629297
 

DTA process for screening clients with disabilities and offering additional help with application, verification, interviews and more (Harper v DTA class action)

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 5:09pm -- FoodSNAP

The information below is from Lizbeth Ginsberg of Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS). This update was shared at the SNAP Coalition this AM (thanks to all who attended!!) and we are sharing the information with statewide Coalition members.

SNAP Coalition Meeting on 6/23, Language Access Conference on 6/28; Resource Guide for DV Survivors in Western Mass; SNAP Crisis news in Central MA

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:05pm -- FoodSNAP

Next SNAP Coalition Boston meeting, Tuesday, June 23 from 10 to Noon: 

The June meeting is at St Francis House in Boston, 39 Boylston Street, 6th floor. The tentative AGENDA will include:

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