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FoodSNAP's Blog Archive for March 2020

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

The second of two updates this morning! Thank you for bearing with us as we try to get information out to you all - we are balancing sharing accurate information as we get it with not overloading your inboxes, and information is changing at a rapid pace. 
 


Reminder - SNAP Coalition special COVID-19 call on 3/18 at 10 AM

All DTA offices are closed today and tomorrow (3/16 & 3/17). Non executive state employees were directed by the Governor not to go to work - information was posted on Mass.gov at 9 PM last night. 
I hope you are having a good, rejuvenating weekend. There have been some big updates since the end of the day on Friday, so here is a special edition weekend update!
 
DC court decision - ABAWD waiver rule injunction (no changes on April 1)!!
 

A number of updates below. During this very uncertain time, we are heartened to see the immense amount of work being done in Massachusetts to make sure low-income families can weather this pandemic. 

Updates for today (so far) on the federal and state level. We will continue to update the Coalition as we get relevant information. 
 
Federal nutrition programs & COVID-19 - Bills filed by McGovern and others - call your Rep!
 
A number of bills were introduced this week, intended to expand federal nutrition benefits to cushion the impact of coronavirus (see links for bill names/more info):
See below information about a call this Thursday hosted by FRAC.
 
We know this is a time full of uncertainty, and we are all concerned about how to ensure low-income households can put food on the table in the event that schools are closed, work is restricted, etc. We encourage you to listen in on Thursday for the most up to date information and for recommendations of what you can be thinking about on a local level. 
 
SNAP & Public Charge fliers updated in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole 
 
Another reminder of the upcoming Income Maximization Training at MCLE in Boston on March 4th!  Register HERE.  In addition, we want to share with you some important information about subsidized child care.