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Upcoming Events: MLRI's Basic Benefits Training Series 2014/2015; HIP Pilot Final Report Presentation; September SNAP Coalition Meetings

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:46pm -- FoodSNAP

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.

Shame at the grocery check-out line: Georgia SNAP and WIC recipients report their experiences

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 4:40pm -- FoodSNAP

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.

New resource to find civil legal help in Massachusetts -- www.MassLRF.org

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:15pm -- FoodSNAP

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, and enter their zip code or town, approximate monthly income and household size, and the type of legal problem they need help with.

Project Bread Job Announcement re SNAP Coordinator; National Geographic Piece on Hunger

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:48am -- FoodSNAP

Two items:

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:

Good afternoon,

SNAP Coalition Meeting tomorrow, July 22nd: FAQ on SNAP Job Search rules, DTA Q&A on college students during summer break

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:01pm -- FoodSNAP
This is a quick reminder of the SNAP Coalition meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, July 22nd from 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston, 39 Boylston Street, 6th Floor.

SNAP Job Search Rules, Exemptions and Good Cause:

DTA suspends automatic DOC Prison Match -Please let MLRI know of erroneously terminated SNAP or cash cases

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:42pm -- FoodSNAP

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.

SNAP ALERT: Fault Determinations and proration of SNAP benefits

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 6:23pm -- FoodSNAP

Starting this month, when a SNAP application or recertification is approved after the initial 30 day period DTA no longer automatically puts SNAP on the EBT card going back to the date of application. Now, if a case is approved or reopened after the first 30 days,DTA is required to determine the cause of the delay in processing and attribute "fault" to either DTA or to the client. If it is client fault, SNAP will be "prorated" and issued from the date DTA got everything they needed to determine eligibility. If it is DTA's fault, SNAP will go back to the date of the application.

FRAC Webinar on July 8--Community Eligibility: Everything You Want to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 4:34pm -- FoodSNAP

FRAC is hosting a Webinar on July 8 at 3 pm regarding Community Eligibility. The FRAC webinar is a great opportunity for advocates and school administrators to ask questions about CEP and opting in for the 2014-15 school year.

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