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Action Alert from Greater Boston Food Bank: Governor cuts MEFAP funding

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 3:46pm -- FoodSNAP

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!

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103 Massachusetts Orgs Urge MA Congressional Delegation to Protect and Defend SNAP and Federal Nutrition programs! Client STORIES needed!

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 5:11pm -- FoodSNAP

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 List DTA Contacts; Trouble shooting "Disappearing" SNAP Web Applications and EBT cards; 2017 SNAP Coalition Meetings

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 2:36pm -- FoodSNAP

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.org/DTAcontacts 

85 Orgs on No-Nutrition Cuts letter to Congress - Please Add your Org! Income Maximization Basic Benefits Training on 12/16/16

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 10:15am -- FoodSNAP

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.

SNAP Applications & Interview Calls - Please track case examples for DTA! Plus SNAP 101 training & sign on letter to MA Delegation

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:46am -- FoodSNAP

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:

SIGN ON Letter to MA Congressional Delegation: TY for Defending the SafeyNet- NO cuts/block grants to Federal Nutrition Programs! (Deadline 12/11/16)

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 9:46am -- FoodSNAP

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. 

Attorney General Office Helpline to report threats and harrassment

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 4:31pm -- FoodSNAP

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.

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Dear SNAP Coalition,

Cabinet Picks: Price at HHS and Verma at CMS

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 3:56pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

President-elect Trump has named his nominees for HHS Secretary and for CMS Administrator.The people in these two positions will be in key positions to shape the future of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. 

"President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act and a proponent of overhauling the nation’s entitlement programs, to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. ....

Organizational Sign-on Letter to New Admin & Congress from "SAVE" Campaign; SSI/SSDI training on 11/30/16

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 3:21pm -- FoodSNAP

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.

Boston SNAP Coalition AGENDA for Tuesday 11/29; Congressman McGovern Poised to Fight against SNAP Cuts/Block Grants!

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 4:41pm -- FoodSNAP

Congressman Jim McGovern Leads Fight against SNAP Cuts and Block Grants, Please Tweet! 

These are indeed tough times - with great uncertainty for all anti-hunger/anti-poverty advocates and the communities we are committed to serve. But never lose hope!  Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern has made it very clear: Any Republicans who want to cut SNAP program should be ready for 'one hell of a fight'

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