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FoodSNAP's Blog Archive for April 2015

The latest information on SNAP/ Food Stamp advocacy in Massachusetts.
Please urge your Massachusetts State Representatives to sign onto House Budget Amendment #638. Reduce Arbitrary SNAP Denials!
SNAP Coalition Meetings on Tuesday, April 28th: At St Francis House Boston and Food Bank of WMass
Thank you for your hard work to STOP the DROP and address the SNAP crisis in Massachusetts. This eblast includes a lot of updates. Please let Vicky Negus know if you have questions. 
SNAP "Stop the Drop" Action Steps
On April 15, 2015, the House Committee on Ways and Means released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 (FY 15). The bill number is House 3400. MLRI offers this preliminary analysis of selected budget topics impacting low-income residents of the Commonwealth. Here's the link to MLRI's preliminary analysis of selected Cash and Nutrition Assistance, Child Care, Child Welfare, Health Care, Homelessness Services and Housing Items.
The SNAP crisis in Massachusetts continues but maybe the tide is turning... .

Are you hearing from low-income seniors and persons with disabilities that their SNAP benefit amount is suddenly lower?

The Massachusetts SNAP Caseload is continuing it's stunning decline with another 7,000 SNAP cases (households) closed in January of 2015.*  MLRI and members of the SNAP Coalition including the Food Bank of Western Mass, Greater Boston Food Bank, The Open Door on Cape Ann have developed an initial set of recommendations to STOP THE DROP!  The recommendations to the Baker Administration include:
  • End DTA'€™s use of flawed data matches

SNAP Crisis in the news:

We are sending on more SNAP news from the past 10 days that highlights the growing crisis in Massachusetts including three opinion pieces by Andrew MoreHouse of the Food Bank of Western Mass and a Channel 5 news story. Please consider writing a letter to the editor or opinion piece in your local newspaper too !!

You are invited !!!

SNAP Triage 101: How to Troubleshoot and Fix Erroneously Rejected SNAP Cases

Massachusetts SNAP (food stamp) caseload is declining at a rate 8 times the national average, but food pantry demand is spiking. Something is very wrong with this picture - and you can help rectify it.