Greetings Coalition members. Please rest up for the important work ahead in 2017 ! We need all of you feisty and energized to help protect and defend critical federal nutrition and safety net benefits for our nation's most vulnerable residents. THANK YOU for all you do!
The latest information on SNAP/ Food Stamp advocacy in Massachusetts.
Today's Boston Herald released a story this AM highlighting the MA Delegation's plan to fight against cuts and structural changes (block granting) to SNAP. As noted in the story, "This week, the Massachusetts SNAP Coalition and 103 other local groups signed an open letter to Bay State leaders demanding they reject cuts or structural changes to the nationâs federally funded anti-hunger and poverty programs."
The following alert is from our friends at the Greater Boston Food Bank. MEFAP was one of the programs adversely impacted by the Governor's recent "9C" cuts to the current fiscal year budget. As SNAP Coalition members know, demand on food programs that rely on MEFAP has increased with the implementation of the 3 month SNAP time limit that took effect for thousands of MA residents in April of 2016. Please make your calls this week!
Below is an email sent earlier today to the Ag/Nutrition staff members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation - both House and Senate. We have 103 local, regional and statewide organizations signed on. THANK YOU ! We received a very rapid response and terrific outpouring of support. You are terrific!
Updated DTA Local Office and Regional Contacts:
Thanks to the great advocates at GBLS, we just received updated contact information for the local DTA Office Directors and Assistant Directors (names and direct phone numbers), as well as the Regional Directors who oversee these local offices. This can be a very handy list for trouble shooting cases. However, please DO try the DTA Assistance Line first before calling these folks. http://www.masslegalservices.
Still time to sign onto "No Cuts" letter to Mass Congressional Delegation!
This is a brief reminder to SIGN ONTO the Organizational Sign on letter to Congress to protect and defend SNAP and all federal nutrition programs. To see a copy of the letter, click on letter HERE.
Greetings all. At this past Tuesday's Boston SNAP Coalition meeting, a number of organizations raised the following problems with DTA Commissioner McCue and his staff:
Disappearing SNAP applications:
Coalition members reported seeing following:
Thanks to a great turn out at yesterday's SNAP Coalition Meeting at St Francis House. We know these are tough and uncertain times, but having a strong community of caring advocates and social services agencies matters, a lot! We deeply appreciate your commitment to continue to protect and defend the programs that serve your low income communities, and to help applaud and support the Mass Congressional Delegation as they go forth to battle for low income Americans in Congress.
At this AM's SNAP Coalition meeting, Jennefer Schamel from the Mass Office of Refugees and Immigrants (MORI) noted that the Attorney General created fliers that list the AG Crisis Hotline and helplines, and translated them into multiple languages. Below is the email from Jennifer, the press release issued last week, and email from the Attorney General's Community Engagement Division and the translated fliers.
Dear SNAP Coalition,
Sign-On Letter to Congress and New Administration:
Our colleagues at the Food Research Action Center (FRAC) and Coalition for Human Needs (CHN) are seeking state, local and national organizations to sign onto letter to both the new Administration and to Congress. We encourage you or your organization to embrace the four core principles of the SAVE Campaign (Strengthening America's Values and Economy) and add your name to this important letter. See below.