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

DTA suspends automatic DOC Prison Match -Please let MLRI know of erroneously terminated SNAP or cash cases

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:42pm -- FoodSNAP

We are writing to ask SNAP Coalition Members to flag SNAP or cash cases of individuals currently or previously denied or terminated from SNAP or cash assistance benefits because DTA thought they were incarcerated. DTA started an "automated" prison match with the Department of Corrections (DOC) in June of 2013.

SNAP ALERT: Fault Determinations and proration of SNAP benefits

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 6:23pm -- FoodSNAP

Starting this month, when a SNAP application or recertification is approved after the initial 30 day period DTA no longer automatically puts SNAP on the EBT card going back to the date of application. Now, if a case is approved or reopened after the first 30 days,DTA is required to determine the cause of the delay in processing and attribute "fault" to either DTA or to the client. If it is client fault, SNAP will be "prorated" and issued from the date DTA got everything they needed to determine eligibility. If it is DTA's fault, SNAP will go back to the date of the application.

FRAC Webinar on July 8--Community Eligibility: Everything You Want to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 4:34pm -- FoodSNAP

FRAC is hosting a Webinar on July 8 at 3 pm regarding Community Eligibility. The FRAC webinar is a great opportunity for advocates and school administrators to ask questions about CEP and opting in for the 2014-15 school year.

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SNAP Policy Update: "E-Notification" for SNAP/Cash Households Gears Up; New Heating/Cooling Expense Questions on SNAP Applications and Recert Forms

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 3:37pm -- FoodSNAP
This is a reminder that the NEXT Boston SNAP Coalition will be Tuesday, June 24th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House. Vicky Negus of MLRI will be chairing this meeting. An agenda will follow next week.

USDA Extends School Meals Community Eligibility (CEP) Deadline to August 31st; Child Health Watch "Food Is Medicine" Brief on CEP

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 2:57pm -- FoodSNAP
USDA announced yesterday that they are EXTENDING the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to August 31st! See announcement from CBPP and FRAC below. Please urge all schools with high poverty rates to consider this important option.
And here's some great resources from Child Health Watch about CEP including their June 11th Brief: Food is Medicine: Why Community Eligibility is a Prescription for Hunger-Free Schools

Media on MA Schools Pursuing Free Meals for All Students Under "CEP" - Is YOUR Local School Stepping up to the Plate?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 12:58pm -- FoodSNAP

The clock is ticking - June 30th is the deadline for School Districts to notify the Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) they wish to participate in the federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and provide free lunch and breakfast to all children in one or more schools, or to students in the entire school district. About 25 school districts have sent letters to DESE expressing interest in CEP, but quite a few more school districts can participate if they choose to do so. Here's a link to the list of school districts potentially eligible.

Additional Massachusetts Schools or School Districts Potentially Eligible for "Community Eligibility" or Universal Free Meals for Their Low-Income Students: Deadline is June 30th

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:08pm -- FoodSNAP

Did you know that there are 880 elementary and secondary schools in Massachusetts - of nearly 2,000 schools - that have high percentages of low income students and could be providing free breakfast and lunches to ALL students in the school or throughout the school district?


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