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?
Under the SNAP rules, household members ages 16 through 59 are required register for work during SNAP application and recertification - unless exempt. (SNAP household members are exemptfrom the work registration/ job search requirements when: receiving Unemployment Comp; already working 30 hours/week or more; caring for a child under age 6 or a person with disabilities; pregnant in 2nd or 3rd trimester; temporarily or permanently incapacitated; in school at least half time; participating in a drug or alcohol treatment program and other exemptions.)
At the May 20th SNAP Coalition meeting, John Augeri of DTA Central attended and gave a detailed presentation on the state's new Electronic Document Management (EDM) system. (John has been with DTA for 25+ years and is very much committed to making sure this works well and that customer service is not lost in the process of modernization.) Attached is an FAQ for DTA case managers that gives more detail on EDM. MLRI also has detailed training materials on EDM if you want to get into the weeds.
Breaking news: Last week, the New Bedford School Department announced it will pursue the âCommunity Eligibility Provision" (CEP) available under the 2010 Child Nutrition Act to provide free breakfasts and lunch to all students in the school district as well as five local private or parochial schools. See South Coast News Report of 5/22/14 posted HERE.
This is a reminder that the May SNAP Coalition Meeting is TOMORROW, May 20th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston (5th floor).
The Coalition AGENDA will include: