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FoodSNAP's Blog Archive for March 2015

The latest information on SNAP/ Food Stamp advocacy in Massachusetts.
The ARC Food Program just alerted us to this problem (described below). The ARC files SNAP applications for food pantry guests on Saturdays.  We know there are so many problems you are juggling trying to get your clients on SNAP or back onto SNAP.
CORI: Basics of the Law for Legal Aid and Community Service Providers
When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (9:30 - 12:15)

Location: Mass Continuing Legal Education10 Winter Place, Boston
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) directed the DTA to SUSPEND the automated DOR wage matches based on the extent of errors and confusion in this error filled match. The auto wage match notices and auto case closings were suspended on March 21st and will stay suspended until at least June 1st, or longer. 
This is a reminder of tomorrow's (3/24/15) SNAP Coalition meeting, 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston (6th Floor). DTA Central and USDA New England Regional Office (NERO) staff will also be attending the meeting, per usual. 

Attached is an updated fact sheet on the SNAP caseload crisis in Massachusetts. We do not yet have the January 2015 caseload data, but we have reason to believe that MA has suffered a 10% SNAP caseload drop since January 2014!
The NEXT meeting of the Boston SNAP Coalition is Tuesday, March 24th from 10 to Noon.  The meeting is held at St Francis House in Boston, 39 Boylston Street, Boston MA - 6th Floor.
Individuals/Organizations: Immediate Action to Support SNAP

From the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC): 
Massachusetts is now losing over $12M per month in federal nutrition dollars (100K drop in participation of individuals since end of 2013) largely as a result of the extreme error-filled data matching and impenetrable "modernization" of its systems. The SNAP caseload is dropping at a faster rate than the national average and the state unemployment rate.