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FoodSNAP's Blog Archive for December 2011

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

There have been a number of important news reports and analyses about food stamps/SNAP that you may want to keep in your anti-hunger advocacy tool box:

We wanted to flag for you a fairly recent story in the New York Times showing the surge in families seeking free school meals for their children:
https://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/30/education/surge-in-free-school-lunches-reflects-economic-crisis.html?_r=2&emc=eta1

Over the last month, several Food SNAP Coalition members have begun using the state Secure File and Email Delivery (SFED) system to ship client verifications to the Boston SNAP Web Unit.  We are learning that the SFED system has several advantages over sending client verifications by fax or via non-secure email.  First, using the secure email system maintains client confidentiality by keeping documents encrypted.

If you were plannning to attend the EOHHS FY2013 budget hearings in person, please note the CHANGE in location in Boston.  You can still submit testimony in writing via snail mail or email.

>>> "EOHHSHEARINGS (EHS)" <eohhshearings@massmail.state.ma.us> 11/30/2011 9:28:48 AM >>>

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1. MLRI Basic Benefits Training on TAFDC and EAEDC Cash Assistance, January 18th:

Attached is the flyer for the TAFDC and EAEDC Cash Assistance Training on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.  Please send it to your networks and encourage people to come. It's a bargain! And here's the on line link to register:  http://www.mcle.org/program-calendar/program-catalog.cfm?product_code=21...

USDA has released some very useful demographic information for your advocacy work, a cautionary alert about SNAP scammer,  and two upcoming Webinars for Spanish speakers.  Check it out! 

1) SNAP Demographics by Congressional Districts: