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The latest information on SNAP/ Food Stamp advocacy in Massachusetts.

Client Assistance Coordinators in DTA Offices for SNAP and Cash Clients with Disabilities who Seek Accommodations.

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 4:46pm -- FoodSNAP

In the update sent last week regarding implementation of the Harper Settlement Agreement, Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) staff noted that Client Assistance Coordinators have been appointed in all DTA offices. DTA has now published their contact information.  It'€™s attached and is also included in DTA's Online Guide at: 

DTA sends "Corrective Action Plan" to USDA on steps to address Massachusetts SNAP crisis

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 2:40pm -- FoodSNAP
For your weekend reading pleasure, attached are documents we received yesterday on the state's response to USDA. (Also included is USDA's original letter to Massachusetts of 5/5/15)  
And if you want the cliff notes, here's a Worcester Telegraph and Telegram article today covering the details of the plan and next steps:

DTA process for screening clients with disabilities and offering additional help with application, verification, interviews and more (Harper v DTA class action)

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 5:09pm -- FoodSNAP

The information below is from Lizbeth Ginsberg of Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS). This update was shared at the SNAP Coalition this AM (thanks to all who attended!!) and we are sharing the information with statewide Coalition members.

SNAP Coalition Meeting on 6/23, Language Access Conference on 6/28; Resource Guide for DV Survivors in Western Mass; SNAP Crisis news in Central MA

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:05pm -- FoodSNAP

Next SNAP Coalition Boston meeting, Tuesday, June 23 from 10 to Noon: 

The June meeting is at St Francis House in Boston, 39 Boylston Street, 6th floor. The tentative AGENDA will include:

USDA issues letter to Baker Administration re SNAP crisis; SNAP Coalition recommendations to DTA re access barriers faced by Seniors

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 7:34pm -- FoodSNAP
This email is to update you on the state SNAP crisis and response by USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) as well as activities by the SNAP Coalition members. We will keep you updated as progress is made, but also encourage you to continue to report problems to the DTA Ombudsman Office as well as MLRI.


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