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FoodSNAP's Blog Archive for August 2014

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

Helping Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Use (not Lose) their SNAP Benefits: Tips for Helping Strugging to Use SNAP and avoid "Expungement" 

Some SNAP elders and persons with disabilities struggle to use their SNAP benefits because they lost the card, forgot the PIN, need a ride to the grocer store, need someone to shop for them. As a result, the SNAP EBT benefits may add up on the EBT card each month but not get used.  This is often a signal the SNAP recipient needs help!

Attached are TIPS for how to assist SNAP recipients use their benefits.  

On August 1st, USDA announced implementation the upcoming cost of living adjustment (COLA) for SNAP benefits -  effective October 1st (start of federal fiscal year 2015)  You can find the USDA memo and table of increases at the following link:
Here are the highlights:

1. This year's Basic Benefits Training Series will kick off on Thursday, October 16, 2014 with a session on Assisting Families Experiencing Homelessness. Find the full schedule for all 11 trainings on MassLegalServices, or see the attached flyer.

The distressing news story from the Atlantic Journal-Constitution below, flagged by the Food Research Action Center, comes out of the state of Georgia. We would very much like to know if you are hearing of similar store check out experiences in Massachusetts for either SNAP or WIC participants.