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FoodSNAP's Blog Archive for April 2020

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

P-EBT round 1 issued today, SNAP video & other important updates

The first round of the pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits to Massachusetts households were issued TODAY - for certain households with active DTA benefits (see below). Also, active SNAP households will also get their April emergency SNAP supplement, likely around May 2nd. 

We will have lots of updates on our next SNAP Coalition Zoom call on Tuesday May 5th from 10-11:30. (Zoom info to come)  

Application procedures, P-EBT updates, etc

Zoom info for Tues, NCOA grants, SSI filing deadline, Congress SNAP action

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, for our weekly SNAP COVID-19 Zoom call.  Agenda below.  We also have a few updates.  Please let Pat or Vicky know if you have additional items for the agenda.

Emergency Grants to community groups working with older adults:

Accessing Veterans Services cash assistance benefits during COVID-19, please share what's happening in your cities and towns

Urge Congressional Leaders to include SNAP in the next COVID-19 relief package! Join #SNAPMatters Tweetstorm 3 -4 PM TODAY!

We have an important action alert for you today, from 3-4 PM EST. #SNAP Matters Twitterstorm!

UI reporting rules, $0 SNAP households, WIC & schools closed rest of year

Thanks to the more than 135 of you who called in to this morning's Zoom. We will do another weekly call next Tuesday, 4/28, from 10-11:30. Below are updates and information to follow up to today's call. 
MLRI information: Reporting rules for workers on SNAP who start to get Unemployment Insurance (UI)
Many have asked us about when workers need to report receipt of UI to DTA.

expanded UI benefits, Social Security action, SNAP National Day of Action, etc.

This is a long update - but chock full of important information. 
Updates below on expanded UI for self employed/gig workers, important 4/22 deadline for Social Security recipients with kids, tomorrow's SNAP National Day of Action, and a 4/23 housing zoom Q&A.  

MA Plan approved for P- EBT; Status of EBT Online Purchasing Pilot; SNAP Zoom Call tomorrow

This is a reminder of tomorrow's SNAP Coalition Zoom meeting, April 21st from 10 – 11:30 AM.  DTA will be joining this call. We expect a packed agenda given recent developments, so please tune in at 10 AM.  See zoom call info below.  Please also note, the Fallon Foundation has emergency grants to help organizations address immediate needs for food/social isolation.

Pandemic EBT State Plan approved by USDA:

Updates: Economic Impact Payments, power outage replacement SNAP, fuel assistance, etc

 few updates below on a number of programs and also on SNAP and the recent power outages. 

SNAP Coalition Zoom Call 10 AM Tues (4/14) and Pandemic EBT reminder


The agenda is subject to change, but currently includes: