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Upcoming SNAP trainings on 10/17 and 11/2: Basic Benefits Training on Unemployment Insurance; SNAP flier for UI Households

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 5:16pm -- FoodSNAP

SNAP 101 Trainings with MLRI and Greater Boston Food Bank - 10/17 and 11/2

This is a quick reminder of upcoming SNAP 101 trainings (all are free):

  • Monday, October 17th in Framingham from 9:30 to Noon.

  • Wednesday, November 2nd in Falmouth from 1:30 - 4 PM.

  • There will be a training in Beverly, likely in early December but the date is TBA.

There is still space at the these trainings. To register, see the training links provided in the attached GBFB flier.

Hunger on Campus Report from National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 8:31am -- FoodSNAP

This powerful report - released this week- highlights the crisis of hunger in college campuses and includes a number of excellent recommendations.

See also last week's Boston Globe opinion piece on same:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/09/26/facing-hunger-college-campuses/5YuqiPlgugUwIUhuv3SsBI/story.html

National Voter Registration Day

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:25am -- FoodSNAP

From our good friends at Rosies Place! 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rachel Lochner, Rosie's Place
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Subject: National Voter Registration Day
 

Hello Rosie'€™s Place partners,

Today is National Voter Registration Day! Please share the following information with your guests/clients and networks:

Double check that you are registered to vote and find your polling place here.

SNAP COLA - Benefit Ups and Downs coming October 1st; Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting tomorrow, 9/27/16

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 4:36pm -- FoodSNAP

SNAP Cost of Living Changes Effective October 1st:

This is another crazy year when the SNAP cost of living adjustment (COLA) goes in two different directions! 

On the GOOD news front, the SNAP Shelter Deduction increases nationwide from $504 to $517/mo, and the "Standard Deduction" for 1-3 person households increases from $155 to $157/month.

On the BAD news front, the Standard Utility Allowance for Massachusetts decreases:

Mass Anti-Hunger HERO Rep McGovern to receive James Beard Award for fighting hunger, Urban Institute report on Teen Hunger

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 1:31pm -- FoodSNAP

Today's Boston Globe has a fabulous story that Congressman Jim McGovern is receiving this prestigious award for all his anti-hunger work for the nation. While James Beard is often associated with fine dining, we consider James McGovern the MASTER CHEF in raising hunger awareness in the nation and fighting tirelessly - with all the tools in the kitchen - to protect SNAP, Child Nutrition, TEFAP and other critical anti-hunger programs! 

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