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Massachusetts SNAP Caseload Continues to Plummet! STOP THE DROP Recommendations to Baker Administration!

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 6:06pm -- FoodSNAP
The Massachusetts SNAP Caseload is continuing it's stunning decline with another 7,000 SNAP cases (households) closed in January of 2015.*  MLRI and members of the SNAP Coalition including the Food Bank of Western Mass, Greater Boston Food Bank, The Open Door on Cape Ann have developed an initial set of recommendations to STOP THE DROP!  The recommendations to the Baker Administration include:
  • End DTA'€™s use of flawed data matches

Additional Press on MA's SNAP Decline; Urban Institute report on MA's Flawed Photo EBT policy - Reminder on Up-Coming April Events

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:38pm -- FoodSNAP

SNAP Crisis in the news:

We are sending on more SNAP news from the past 10 days that highlights the growing crisis in Massachusetts including three opinion pieces by Andrew MoreHouse of the Food Bank of Western Mass and a Channel 5 news story. Please consider writing a letter to the editor or opinion piece in your local newspaper too !!

SNAP Triage Training on April 29th in Boston: How to Troubleshoot & Fix Erroneous SNAP Cases

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 6:30pm -- FoodSNAP

You are invited !!!

SNAP Triage 101: How to Troubleshoot and Fix Erroneously Rejected SNAP Cases

Massachusetts SNAP (food stamp) caseload is declining at a rate 8 times the national average, but food pantry demand is spiking. Something is very wrong with this picture - and you can help rectify it.

Boston Globe: State's Food Stamp Business and Policy Changes Hurting Poor in Massachusetts

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:43pm -- FoodSNAP
Today's Boston Globe story highlights the raft of ongoing problems with the state's unfiltered data matching, automation, modernization and sheer lack of worker assistance: Anti fraud effort on food stamps hurts poor  It is important for Coalition members to note - these problems started in early 2014 and are not the creation of the Baker Administration. 

Reports of the On-Line SNAP Application (Virtual Gateway) Crashing - Please report if you are seeing this too.

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:50pm -- FoodSNAP
The ARC Food Program just alerted us to this problem (described below). The ARC files SNAP applications for food pantry guests on Saturdays.  We know there are so many problems you are juggling trying to get your clients on SNAP or back onto SNAP.
 

Baker Administration suspends DTA's error-riddled automated wage matches, but more work to be done!

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:06pm -- FoodSNAP
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) directed the DTA to SUSPEND the automated DOR wage matches based on the extent of errors and confusion in this error filled match. The auto wage match notices and auto case closings were suspended on March 21st and will stay suspended until at least June 1st, or longer. 
 

Reminder - Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting tomorrow 10 - Noon; Updated Fact Sheet on the SNAP Crisis in MA

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 5:08pm -- FoodSNAP
 
This is a reminder of tomorrow's (3/24/15) SNAP Coalition meeting, 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston (6th Floor). DTA Central and USDA New England Regional Office (NERO) staff will also be attending the meeting, per usual. 

Attached is an updated fact sheet on the SNAP caseload crisis in Massachusetts. We do not yet have the January 2015 caseload data, but we have reason to believe that MA has suffered a 10% SNAP caseload drop since January 2014!
 

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