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

Upcoming Immigrant/BenefitsTraining (3/30/17); Rescheduled SNAP 101 Training (4/4/17) and the 2017 Massachusetts SNAP Advocacy Guide on line !

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:46pm -- FoodSNAP

We have a couple of important events coming up for your calendars and the release of the SNAP Advocacy Guide!

Immigrant/Benefits Training: Thursday, March 30th in Boston:

Attached is a flier on the annual Immigrant/Benefits Training, Thursday March 30th from 9:30 to 4 PM.  To register, go to MCLE's website:

Reminder: SNAP Misfortune/Replacement Benefits in Response to Winter Storm Stella

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 1:40pm -- FoodSNAP

Are your clients still in the dark? According to the Mass Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) website, 14,847 MA household are still without power as of 12:45 PM today. 

Other news sources yesterday reported between 40-70K households lost power in Massachusetts:

SNAP 101 Training Canceled due to Impending Winter Storm Stella; DTA Rescheduling Client Interviews; Reminder re SNAP Misfortune Benefits

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:56pm -- FoodSNAP

Winter is still with us, coming at us full throttle tomorrow AM.  Indeed the National Weather Service has already named it "Winter Storm Stella!"  

Here's a couple of updates related to tomorrow's snow storm:

1. Tomorrow's 3/14 SNAP 101 Training at MCLE is POSTPONED - (yes, again!)

We will announce a new SNAP 101 training date as soon as it is scheduled.

Upcoming Events: SNAP 101 Rescheduled Training; Elder Lobby Day; Boston SNAP Coalition meeting agenda

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:41am -- FoodSNAP

Greetings before a long weekend! Rest up for the battles ahead.  Here's some upcoming events that you may be interested in attending.

1. Upcoming Trainings - Health Care, SNAP and CORI process:

  • The SNAP 101 Training  is now RESCHEDULED to March 14th from 1:15 to 4 PM (rescheduled due to the snow day). 

  • The CORI Basics Training is March 14th in the AM (so, make a day of it and do CORI in AM, SNAP in PM!)

  • The Health Care Access Training is Tuesday, February 28th.

Local School District Grant Opportunity – Up to $10,000/school to launch After the Bell, Breakfast in the Classroom for Massachusetts Schools

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:12pm -- FoodSNAP

Below is an announcement on funding for local school districts in high poverty areas.  Please circulate to your local school districts.  

See also contacts in Taunton, Chicopee and Salem who can advise your local schools as well.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Andrea Silbert <>
Date: Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 5:02 PM
Subject: Grant Opportunity: Up to $10,000/school to launch After the Bell, Breakfast in the Classroom

McGovern Responds to GOP Report on SNAP; Great SNAP Data and Chart Book; SNAP 101 Trainings and MORE !

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:01am -- FoodSNAP

Happy Day after Valentines Day!  We still love you and all the work you do to protect and defend SNAP! Keep it up! Here's some important updates.

1. SNAP Coalition Meeting and SNAP 101 Training updates:

  • The NEXT Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting is Tuesday, February 28th in Boston (10-Noon) at St Francis House. An agenda will go out soon, which includes an update on the SNAP Gap campaign!

Monday Weather - Delayed Opening for DTA local offices

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:11am -- FoodSNAP

See email below from DTA Central re late opening for both local DTA offices and DTA Assistance Line (which has an audio greeting rre same).

And remember - SNAP Households may also be eligible for SNAP replacement benefits if they lost food as a result of power outages due to this week's or last week's storm.

Information and DTA forms to request replacement can be found here:


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