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FoodSNAP's Blog Archive for April 2012

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

At 10 AM this morning, Congressman Jim McGovern delivered a speech on hunger in America, looming cuts in the Agriculture Committee and the documentary “Hunger Hits Home” that premiered over the weekend. You can watch the speech at the link below and the text of the speech is copied below. 
http://mcgovern.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/floor-speech-by-us...

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Representative James O'Day (D-Worcester) is filing an amendment for SEIU (DTA worker union) to increase the House Ways and Means funding for front line DTA staff by $3.7M to the level proposed by Governor Patrick in his budget recommendation - $64.1M in Line Item 4400-1100. 
 
PLEASE CALL or EMAIL your State Representative TODAY to urge them to sign onto Rep O'Day's amendment for DTA front line staff. 
 
Here's the link to MLRI's analysis of the House Ways and Means budget that was released mid-day yesterday.

We want to be sure you see this just issued press release (below) noting the Obama administration's recognition of the outstanding job DTA did in responding to last year's June 1st tornado in Western Mass (not to mention their response the end of August Hurricane Irene and the Nor'Easter in October).  As Coalition members may recall, the Coalition nominated DTA for a Hunger Champion Award in 2011. 

The invitation below is from SNAP Coalition partner Lauren Arms Ledwith and her UMass colleagues, announcing four separate information sessions around Massachusetts starting April 23th through April 30th.  These sessions are designed for community groups to learn about the federal funds available to help with SNAP Outreach (application assistance) and SNAP employment and training (E&T) programs that serve SNAP recipients. 

Action Needed:  Sign and Circulate Massachusetts Sign-On Letter in Support of SNAP

Farm Bill deliberations are heating up and attacks on SNAP/Food Stamps are increasing – both in the form of structural changes and/or devastating cuts. It is crucial to demonstrate strong and diverse support for SNAP from the Massachusetts Delegation.

Some of you may have been following the deliberations of the Massachusetts EBT Commission. We are saddened to report that some members of the Commission have rejected the Commission's report (which Commission found a number of proposed restrictions unnecessary, administratively burdensome and impractical, extremely costly to implement and/or illegal.