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FoodSNAP's Blog Archive for October 2019

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

We have just heard from The Open Door in Gloucester that a number of their clients who have filed for SNAP replacement benefits have been asked by SNAP workers for proof of the power outage. The Open Door has submitted nearly 50 replacement requests to date, and about 10% of the clients have been hassled for proof. 
 

Greetings all and special hugs to those of you around the state still without power.  Let us know if there is anything we can do to lighten the load.  Below is information for your clients and the agenda for Tuesday’s SNAP Coalition meeting (yes, 10/22 is the 4th Tuesday of the month!)

 

SNAP replacement benefits for households that lost power

A number of updates and alerts are included in this email. As always, let us know if you have questions. 
 
1. Public Charge: Updated messaging and information for immigrant families
 
As shared on Friday, the revised public charge rule was blocked by the courts on Friday. This is great news! However, we know many immigrant families continue to be concerned about accessing SNAP and other benefits. 
 

We have a couple of important SNAP resources and updates for you on medical expenses, veterans and “SAVE the DATE” events!  And please note the new round of proposed regs to cut SNAP from USDA. Ugh !

1.     Say NO to another round of USDA-proposed SNAP cuts!  

On October 16th, MLRI, along with the Mass Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), Health Care for All (HCFA), and Health Law Advocates (HLA) will be doing a webinar from 3-4 pm. This webinar is intended to give community-based service providers (including healthcare providers, SNAP outreach organizations, food pantries, shelters, housing authorities, etc) a basic overview of the new public charge rule that goes into effect on October 15.

Commissioner Jeff McCue is leaving DTA in mid-October. MLRI and other advocates for low-income people in Massachusetts deeply appreciate and respect the Commissioner and the work he and his team have done since he became Commissioner in early 2015. 

Replacement SNAP benefits for SNAP households in Lawrence who lost power/food due to Friday's gas leaks