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FoodSNAP's Blog Archive for March 2020

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

Important updates below, stay tuned for more information on the supplemental payments and other information tomorrow. 
SNAP Supplements Issued This Afternoon to Some Households Not Receiving Max Grant 
Some households were issued their supplemental SNAP this afternoon. More details and info to come- stay tuned. We are hearing from many clients who have seen the SNAP on their cards so wanted to give Coalition members some simple advice for right now:

A number of important updates and resources below. We look forward to having many of you join tomorrow morning's Coalition Zoom. 


SNAP Coalition Zoom tomorrow, Tues 3/31 at 10 AM



Thanks to our colleagues at Northwest Harvest (WA State) for scripting this message, which we are repurposing for the MA SNAP Coalition.

We are providing you with more updates federal and state level issues, the FRAC call tomorrow (Friday at 2 PM) and our upcoming Coalition call next week. 

SNAP supplemental emergency benefits 

Thanks to the more than 130 of you who tuned in for a robust discussion this morning. We will share a Zoom link later, but note that for at least the next few weeks we will be having COVID-19 SNAP Coalition calls every Tuesday morning at 10 AM. A number of resources below. 
More details on DTA's COVID-19 policy changes and a Coalition agenda below. We had over 130 people log on for last week's call - we look forward to seeing /hearing many of you on the call tomorrow morning.
Significant updates from DTA on policy and case processing

Below is an update on the federal bill signed last night.  We do not have details yet on the Baker Administration’s plans for implementation but just want to give you the highlights.  We are also sharing some of the steps being taken by DTA and the Legislature.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act H.R. 6201 signed - important SNAP/federal nutrition elements!

DTA open starting 3/18 - No in person services 
DTA has shared the below update with stakeholders. They are open and will be processing applications and cases under normal procedures/protocols - but there will be no in person services. We don't yet have confirmation of the best way for families should apply for cash assistance - please let us know if you work with families who have trouble applying for cash assistance (TAFDC or EAEDC).