This is a reminder that theJuly SNAP Coalition Meeting is Tuesday, July 22nd from 10 to Noon at St. Francis House in Boston (6th floor). This is the FINAL meeting of the summer until September 23rd. NO meeting in August.
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.
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 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.
Food Research and Action Center
This is a reminder that theÂ JuneÂ SNAP Coalition Meeting is Tuesday, June 24 from 10 to NoonÂ at St. Francis House in Boston (6th floor). Pat Baker is on vacation so Vicky Negus will be chairing the meeting.Â
The Coalition meeting agenda will include:
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.
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?