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Upcoming Events: Coalition on Elder Economic Security Forming - First Meeting Jan 13th; Upcoming Trainings on TAFDC, Vets, SNAP and Health - Jan 11, 28, Feb 9 and Feb 28!

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 11:21am -- FoodSNAP

We have some really important events coming up to flag for you:

Massachusetts Coalition on Elder Economic Security (CEES) - Kick off Meeting at AARP on January 13th

You are invited to join a growing Coalition of Massachusetts organizations on Friday, January 13th at 10:30am for an important meeting to discuss the formation of a new Coalition for Elder Economic Security.

Why? Massachusetts is falling behind and seniors are paying the price.

Current SNAP Caseload by Zip Code; "ABAWD" 3-month time limit geographic waived areas for 2017

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 4:46pm -- FoodSNAP

We are writing to share with you important resources for your ongoing SNAP advocacy work.

Recent SNAP case data by ZIP/city and town:

In it's ongoing effort to be transparent and provide the public with important information, in December DTA uploaded to its website an excel data file with the most recent SNAP and cash assistance caseload data by zip code and city/town. We know this data is also important for your local advocacy work in assessing need in your area as well as looking at the "SNAP Gap" in your local communities. 

Impact of $11 Min Wage Boost on SNAP; Upcoming TAFDC Cash Assistance Training on Jan 11th

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 5:16pm -- FoodSNAP

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!

Boston Herald: MA Delegation Members Vow to Fight Against SNAP Cuts, 103 Org Letter Highlighted with Boston Elderly Veteran Who Relies on SNAP

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 10:21am -- FoodSNAP

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 nation’s federally funded anti-hunger and poverty programs."

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!

Thanks

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 

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