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FoodSNAP's Blog Archive for July 2013

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

The alert below is from our friends at the Food Research Action Center in DC. Please take a moment this AM to call your Member of Congress and urge him or her to join with Representatives McGovern and DeLauro to in support of SNAP.  In June of 2013, the entire MA delegation signed onto McGovern's House Resolution 90.  Thank your House member for their support and urge them to sign onto the McGovern/DeLauro letter as soon as possible.
Below is a press release from USDA Secretary Vilsack's team announcing the result of the MA Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP) that was conducted by DTA and USDA in Western MA between Nov 2011 and Dec 2012, as well as other USDA pilots and initiatives around the country to support SNAP recipients in being able to afford and encourage purchase of healthy foods. The HIP program provided SNAP recipients an extra $.30 for each $1.00 of purchase of targeted fruits and vegetables.

This is just a quick reminder of the Boston Coalition meeting tomorrow, July 23rd at St Francis House in Boston from 10 to Noon.  

Apologies for not getting this information out to you sooner.  It has been very busy on many fronts - state and national - and we got behind in our email updates (not to mention the heatwave we've been suffering under this week).  A few Coalition members have asked for more information regarding what happened in Congress last week on the Farm Bill.  Note that our national anti-hunger partner at the Food Research Action Center sends out regular and informative eblast updates.

We are sorry to report that Governor Patrick announced this afternoon that he will be signing the FY2013 Supplemental appropriations budget which includes language directing DTA to implement a EBT photo ID requirement in Massachusetts. Massachusetts will now be the ONLY state in the nation with a mandatory EBT photo ID for most households

Here are some important resources from our NCLC and our MLRI colleagues for your advocacy work - great summer reading !
 
2013 Utilities Advocacy Guide for Low-Income Households in Massachusetts is Now Available
The Massachusetts House and Senate completed their work on the FY2014 Annual Appropriations Bill and an FY2013 Supplemental Appropriations Bill ("Supp Budget") over the weekend. They voted yesterday to send both fiscal notes to the Governor for his signature or veto.