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Urgent Action Alert on Proposed Federal Cuts

Fri, 04/08/2011 - 12:43pm -- FoodSNAP

In response to the extreme and draconian FY2012 budget released earlier this week by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), FRAC has prepared a series of resources and organized action steps to help you fight the harmful budget cuts and structural changes contained in the bill to critically-important safety net programs, including proposals to convert SNAP/Food Stamps and Medicaid to block grants.

Assisting immigrant-headed households with online SNAP applications

Thu, 04/07/2011 - 1:41pm -- FoodSNAP

As discussed at March 29th Food SNAP Coalition meeting, USDA requires states to make sure their SNAP applications allow a household to “opt out” any person who does not wish to receive SNAP benefits or give information on their citizenship/immigrant status or Social Security Number (SSN). current version of Massachusetts’ online (a.k.a.

National Conference Call to Discuss Budget Battles, Block-granting of SNAP

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 12:37pm -- FoodSNAP

The email I sent last night did not go through properly. Apologies. Here is the text of the FRAC email and their invitation to the national conference call. This is a VERY important call if you can make it. 


Earlier today, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) introduced his budget proposal for FY2012. While details are still emerging, the proposal would convert SNAP (food stamps) into a block grant.

FRAC has issued this statement: 

ALERT: Are SNAP households getting “blue letters” instead of SNAP benefits?

Thu, 03/31/2011 - 4:34pm -- FoodSNAP

At Tuesday's Food SNAP Coalition meeting we discussed the growing problem of DTA delays in processing SNAP recertifications. Please let us know ASAP if you have any clients who receive a “blue letter” from DTA instead of SNAP benefits even though the household sent in a SNAP recertification form before the end of their certification period. Please also let us know about any clients who may not have received a "blue letter" but discover no benefits on their EBT card, even though they timley sent in a SNAP recert form.

Agenda for 3/29 Coalition meeting; updates on federal and state SNAP policy

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 5:24pm -- FoodSNAP

The NEXT Coalition meeting is Tuesday, March 29th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House. We will be joined at the meeting by the newly appointed FNS New England Regional SNAP Director, Bonnie Brathwaite. Bonnie has been the SNAP Deputy Director at NERO for three years before this appointment, and has worked on a range of USDA anti-hunger programs over the years. It will be terrific to have her join in the discussion and hear from Coalition members.

A preliminary Coalition agenda includes:

Growth in food/fuel prices, food access worries, MA FS/SNAP caseload

Fri, 03/18/2011 - 1:09pm -- FoodSNAP

With all that is going on locally, statewide, nationally - it is hard to keep track of the information on FS/SNAP and anti-hunger programs. Next week, many members of Congress will be back in their districts for Congressional Recess - and hopefully available to meet with constituents about top priorities for programs to protect as they move forward through a difficult year.

FS/SNAP Policy Updates: SNAP Recert Delays, GI benefits, New "Agency ID"

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 3:02pm -- FoodSNAP

1. FS SNAP Recertification Delays: DTA issued guidance that effective March 1st BEACON will automatically close Food Stamp/SNAP cases due for recertification that DTA cannot process on time - even if the household submitted its recertification form on time and did everything else it was requested to do. Here’s the DTA Operations Memo instructing staff on the auto closure policy:

New food stamp/SNAP brochures for families and seniors

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 11:55am -- FoodSNAP

We have posted copies of DTA revised SNAP Brochures and a Senior SNAP insert, both of which are in Spanish and English, on the website. The SNAP brochures include the new gross income test amounts effective in late January.

While these documents do not appear yet on the DTA SNAP web page, you can get copies of SNAP applications at the DTA website, an access to the on-line applications as well.

Wednesday, 3/1 from 12-3: Homelessness Safety Net Lobby Day, State House Rm A-1

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 1:39pm -- FoodSNAP

In follow up to this AM's Food SNAP Coalition meeting, below and attached is the announcement of the Homelessness Safety Net Lobby Day from the Family Economic Initiative:


Homelessness Safety Net Lobby Day

Wednesday, March 2, from 12-3, State House, Room A-1



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