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FINAL PUSH on Anti-Hunger Amendments to House W&M budget (41 on currently SNAP Gap!):More calls needed THIS AM !!

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 10:52am -- FoodSNAP

As of 9 AM, we have 41 Representatives on Rep Livingstone's common application/SNAP Gap amendment. See attached list (Green highlights). If your State Rep is not on that amendment, please call him or her. Last chance!

Below is a summary with links of the anti-hunger amendments we are tracking.  (We do not have sign on info on the other amendments, just the SNAP Gap, and the Meals on Wheels is already filed).  If your Rep signed the SNAP gap, but not the others, urge him or her to do so. All of these amendments address food insecurity in Massachusetts.

Update on Anti-Hunger Amendments to FY2017 House W&M Budget - Please Call your Rep to Co-Sponsor NOW!

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 1:32pm -- FoodSNAP

Here's more information and links to fact sheets on key anti-hunger amendments, many of which are priorities of SNAP Coalition members. It is CRITICAL to call your State Reps NOW, Ask him or her to sign on as a co-sponsor today and tomorrow (ideally before noon tomorrow), and even if the Rep says he or she cannot co-sign (often comes up for Reps in leadership positions), please urge your Rep to go to House Leadership to urge adoption of the amendment. 

Please urge your Representative to Co-Sponsor of Rep Jay Livingstone's Amendment for Common Application Portal. Let's Close the Massachusetts SNAP Gap!!

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:16pm -- FoodSNAP
House Ways and Means released its version of the FY2017 budget today.  We have reviewed the line items and outside sections and will be issuing a detailed analysis of the DTA, MassHealth, child care, child welfare, housing, shelter, food and related line items later tonight or tomorrow AM. 

Advocacy Updates: YouTube Video on My Account Page, Survey on Legal Needs of Social Services Agencies; FCC Reduces Broadband Fees for SNAP/Medicaid Recipients

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:43am -- FoodSNAP

We are writing to share some advocacy tips, news and solicit your feedback!  Note, the next Boston SNAP Coalition meeting is on Tuesday, April 26th from 10 AM to 12 Noon. Agenda will go out next week.

Info Sessions on SNAP Outreach and SNAP E&T; Elder Benefits Training April 21st.

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:18am -- FoodSNAP

Information Sessions on SNAP Outreach and SNAP Employment and Training - Federal Reimbursement to Community Organizations

Did you know that if your organization helps low income households apply for SNAP or if your organization provides education and training services to low income SNAP recipients, the costs of these services MAY qualify your organization for federal funds? Up to 50% of the cost of approved SNAP outreach activities and/or employment and training program services for SNAP recipients can leverage federal reimbursement.

Final push on House FY2017 Budget This Week: Close the SNAP Gap and NO cuts to TAFDC - Correct fact sheet !

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 3:21pm -- FoodSNAP

The House Ways and Means FY2017 Budget is scheduled for release the week after next, likely on April 12 or April 13th. We have ONE full week to influence what is included in the proposed House Ways and Means (HW&M) budget, and then Members have until Friday, April 15th to file amendments. The HW&M budget and amendments are then debated starting the week of April 18th before the budget heads to the Senate and the Governor. Here's a snapshot of how the MA Budget Process works!

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