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Upcoming Events: SNAP Coalition Meeting; DTA Webinar on Business Model Changes; Basic Benefits Training for Working Households; SNAP Academy Webinar

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:18am -- FoodSNAP
This email is to let you know about four important upcoming events end of October and mid-November. Mark your calendars!  
 
October 28th SNAP Coalition Meeting in Boston 
Tuesday, October 28th
10:00 AM - Noon, St Francis House, Boston
 
We will sent out an agenda separately.  Mark your calendar for this important Coalition meeting. 

AARP Foundation and FRAC Announce New Tools to Fight Hunger among Seniors; Updated DTA SNAP medical expense deduction brochure

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 2:36pm -- FoodSNAP
AARP and FRAC have just announced the release of a new "tool kit" to help connect more seniors to SNAP benefits and combat food insecurity.  The press release with links to the tool kit is below - check it out!
 

Are Small Massachusetts EBT Retailers (Bodegas, Convenience Stores) Declining to Accept EBT Benefits?

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:36pm -- FoodSNAP
Have you heard from Massachusetts SNAP recipients about local stores/corner markets that have STOPPED accepting their EBT benefits? In the past month, we have become aware of a few stores that announced they no longer participate in EBT, and put up signs on their front doors or counters including a Cambridge fish monger (who sold other foods) store and a Portuguese food store on the South Shore.
 

DTA Business Model Changes end of October: What to Advise SNAP Clients and Issues to Monitor

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:31pm -- FoodSNAP
On October 27, 2014 DTA is implementing a change away from a "case management" system to a "first available worker" task-based system. This is a major part of DTA's "Business Practice Redesign", which started in early 2014 with the roll out of Electronic Document Management (centralized document processing in Taunton). The new phone and case manager task system is the next step. DTA has not shared many details but here is what we know
 

Webinar on SNAP Eligibility for Massachusetts Immigrant-Headed Households - Wed, Oct. 8th

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:33am -- FoodSNAP
MLRI has seen a number of recent SNAP cases where adult LPRs who are disabled or have relevant work history in the U.S. were found ineligible for SNAP and/or told they must "wait 5 years" in status. We have also seen confusion around which battered immigrants are SNAP eligible. Immigrant eligibility for SNAP is complicated! We find both SNAP outreach partners and DTA staff miss key immigration information that could mean the difference between approval and denial of SNAP benefits, or getting more benefits for an immigrant-headed households. 
 

Betty Reid Mandell: Longtime advocate for Massachusetts' lowest income families

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:53am -- FoodSNAP
Last Friday, September 26th, we lost an amazing and tireless anti-poverty, anti-hunger advocate: Betty Reid Mandell. For those of you who had the good fortune to work with Betty and/or be a student of hers at Bridgewater State College, you will remember her as an phenomenally kind, thoughtful, informed and compassionate woman who believed deeply in the dignity and rights of all human beings.
 

SNAP Benefits COLA effictive October 1st - updated calculators: DTA Central SNAP Web Unit phased out; Client documents and the Taunton EDMC

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:56pm -- FoodSNAP
As most SNAP Coalition members know, October 1st is the start of the federal fiscal year (FFY). SNAP benefit amounts typically increase October 1st with a cost of living adjustment (COLA).  MLRI has updated our excel calculators and worksheets to reflect the 2.6% COLA changes, available HERE: http://www.masslegalservices.org/content/food-stamps-snap-calculator
 
The most important changes are:

Organizational Sign on Letter Urging President Obama to Invest in the Child Nutrition Programs - Join MLRI and other state and national organizations!

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:09pm -- FoodSNAP
Just in case you missed it, please join MLRI, Project Bread, the Worcester County and WMass Food Bank, Catholic Charities and other state and local organizations to urge President Obama to invest in the 2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization!
 
The FRAC Action Alert is below and provides easy links to add your organization to the letter. Deadline is September 24th. 
 

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