MLRI recently received from the Division of Hearings a batch of redacted appeal decisions involving the ABAWDs terminated from SNAP benefits. (The federal SNAP regulations, 7 CFR 273.15 (q)(5) requires states to keep a public docket of appeal decisions, as do the DTA Division of Hearings regulations at 106 CMR 343.130.) ABAWD = Able Bodied without Dependent. For more on the 3 month time limit, go here: http://www.masslegalservices.org/ABAWD
The following information is based on an alert from MLRI's benefits attorney, Deborah Harris:
Just before 5 PM on Friday afternoon,7/8/16, the Governor issued his vetoes of parts of the FY 17 budget.
FY2017 Budget and SNAP Gap, MEFAP and more:
The House and Senate finished up business on the FY2017 Conference Budget last night, passing a $39.1B budget with "nips and tucks" in many agencies. See today's Boston Globe article. The budget now goes to the Governor for his signature and/or vetoes.
This is a reminder of the June SNAP Coalition meeting, tomorrow, June 28th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston (39 Boylston Street, 6th Floor). If you have items to add to the agenda, please let me or Vicky Negus know.
Tomorrow's SNAP Coalition AGENDA will include:
There are over dozens of Massachusetts schools with high numbers of low income kids that could give FREE breakfast and FREE lunch to ALL students in the school - 100% free school meals - and without the administrative headaches of collecting school meals applications or $.40 for each "reduced-price" meal for kids btwn 130-185% FPL.Â Known as Community Eligibility Provision(CEP), schools could receive substantially MORE in federal NSLP dollars than they are getting right now.
According to DTA data and the May 21, 2016 Boston Globe story, 10,0000 low income individuals lost their SNAP benefits in April. And roughly 1,000 "ABAWDs" (able bodied without dependents) lost SNAP in May and early June.
I realize many of you get the FRAC eblast, but in case not we are sending this on.
This is an URGENT email from our national organization, Food Research Action Center.Â Please take a moment to review and add your name and organizational muscle to this campaign.Â DEADLINE for signing on is TODAY, Thursday, June 9th.
The FY2017 Budget Conference Committee formed last week. Over the next few weeks, 3 Representatives and 3 Senators* will meet and discuss key differences in the FY17 House and Senate budgets. Their job is to "reconcile" the budget language and spending, and come up with a final budget to send to the Governor.
The GOOD NEWS is that both budgets include proposals to closing the "SNAP Gap" and creating a common application portal.
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Worcester County Food Bank, and Central West Justice Center (CLA) will be sponsoring a much needed training on Maximizing SNAP for Adults Age 60 and Older: Basic SNAP Application Rules and Benefits Rights. This training is for community organizations that work with low income older adults (or persons with disabilities). Please see attached flyer.
It will be held in the Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence Street, Worcester, MA, on Tuesday, June 21st from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.
Good news for veterans! The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released guidance last week, dated 5/20/16 but circulated just before Memorial Day. Veterans who receive VA Disability Compensation Benefits should be considered "physically or mentally unfit for employment" - regardless of the disability rating. This means that a veteran who qualifies for VA Compensation at 10% rating or higher is exempt from the 3 month time limit. The veteran does NOT need a medical report form documenting he or she is medically unfit for work.