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SNAP Policy Updates: New SNAP Application Forms in Multiple Languages; SNAP Medical Expense Deduction Information from DTA and AARP

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 2:03pm -- FoodSNAP
 
The NEXT Boston-based SNAP Coalition Meeting is Tuesday, March 25th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston. The Coalition meeting will include discussion of the Farm Bill and Massachusetts "H-EAT program".  A more detailed agenda will follow.  Meanwhile, we wanted to give you a couple of SNAP Updates.
 
1. SNAP paper applications in multiple languages:  
 

BREAKING NEWS! Governor Patrick Announces Steps to Preserve SNAP Benefits for 163, 000 Massachusetts Households

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:06am -- FoodSNAP
Hot off the press!  Governor Patrick has just announced plans to continue the Heat and Eat LIHEAP benefit in order to protect 163.000 low income SNAP households in Massachusetts!  This is a huge victory and so very important for the thousands of low income households subject to lose SNAP had Massachusetts not elected this Farm Bill option.  
 
Please take a moment to THANK Governor Patrick for protecting SNAP recipients in Massachusetts !!  

Action Alert: FY2015 State Budget Campaign to Increase the TAFDC Grant

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 2:41pm -- FoodSNAP

My Legal Services colleagues working on the TAFDC grant increase have issued the following alert on the TAFDC Cost of Living Campaign.  If you work with low income families with children, please conact your local Representative and Senator to request a grant increase, and please also contact the House and Senate Leadership.

URGENT Farm Bill update: Call Governor Patrick and Urge Him to Join NY, CT and PA, Protect 150K SNAP households in Massachusetts from SNAP cuts

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:20am -- FoodSNAP
As Coalition Members are aware, President Obama signed the 2014 "Farm Bill" or  Agricultural Act of 2014 on February 14th. The Nutrition Title of the Farm Bill includes a cut of $8.6B in SNAP benefits from the by restricting the "Heat and Eat option" on states. Section 4006 of the Farm Bill requires states meet a higher threshold amount of LIHEAP or other energy assistance in order to allow for certain shelter costs in the SNAP math.

MA EBT Photo Card Update: Please Continue to Monitor DTA Photo Card Policy and EBT Retailer Policies; Immigrant/Benefits Training on March 6th

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:32am -- FoodSNAP
We are writing to give you an update on the EBT photo card policy in MA and urge Coalition members to monitor how SNAP households are managing with food shopping at their local grocers and retailers.

1. Immigrant-headed households and EBT photo cards:  

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