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Powerful National and MA Resources to Defend, Protect and Strengthen SNAP: You Don't Know SNAP. This Is SNAP.org

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 2:25pm -- FoodSNAP

Below are really powerful resources from our colleagues at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) with state specific fact sheets, including from the Food Research Action Center (FRAC).

Take a minute, view the testimonial videos and then join with us to both protect, defend and strengthen SNAP on a national level, and CLOSE the SNAP Gap in Massachusetts !

SNAP Gap Updates: FY18 Budget Debate next week, Senate Hearing on SNAP Gap Bill & "Kids First" Initiative on Tyes May 2nd!

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:46am -- FoodSNAP

House begins budget debate on Tuesday - 69 Co-Sponsors on SNAP Gap! 

YES! We have a terrific list of 69 co-sponsors on the SNAP Gap amendment #31.  See attached PDF of Amendment #31 filed by Reps Livingstone and Khan with 67 co-sponsors!! See also fact sheet.

  • If your House member is not listed, please call or email them to co-sponsor. Reps have MORE time to sign on this week and until the Amendment is taken up!  

ACTION ALERT: Final push for House co-sponsors of SNAP Gap/Common App - 5 PM Deadline TODAY!

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:11pm -- FoodSNAP

Representatives Livingstone and Khan filed Amendment #31 to close the SNAP Gap. In addition to Reps Livingstone and Khan, we have 46 co-sponsors! Reps have til 5 PM today to sign on.  Let's try for 10 more before 5 PM today!! 

  • Below is the list of current Reps who have signed onto co-sponsor the Livingstone/Khan Amendment #31.

  • Here's the House Budget link to track language and amendments (scroll down to Amendment #31 and click on the number).

Resources for Advising Low-Income Immigrant Clients re Benefits and Rights, Survey of Issues/Concerns

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 11:26am -- FoodSNAP

We've gotten a number of inquiries from Coalition members about the rights, protections and benefits available to immigrant-headed households.  We know these are uncertain times and there is a significant amount of fear and confusion out there. We also know that the media has leaked information about a draft Executive Order regarding immigrant uses of public benefits. This EO has NOT been issued. There is NO change in the federal and state laws with respect to benefits available, public charge, reporting of immigrants.

SNAP info from DTA! Unearned income verification, non-countable income, self employment, case narratives

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 3:01pm -- FoodSNAP

DTA recently updated a number of materials in the DTA Online Guide (policy manual for DTA staff). These updates were sent to DTA staff and case managers on Friday, 3/31, and are important for community partners to know!  For example, it can be helpful to point directly to DTA policy if you are talking with a DTA worker about a case issue. 

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