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FoodSNAP's Blog Archive for July 2020

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

July is quickly coming to an end. We have important news and action steps, and our next SNAP Coalition meeting is August 4th. 
 

We need your help TODAY.  The U.S. Senate released a COVID-19 package totally unacceptable to address the needs of states and localities, including NO funding to boost SNAP.

Call MA Delegation today:  See FRAC alert BELOW. Please call, tweet and email your member of Congress today to #BoostSNAPnow. Please also send a LTE to your local media outlet and get vocal on social media!

This Massachusetts data reinforces how dire the need is to #BoostSNAPnow:

Updates and action steps below! We hope you have a very good weekend. The next SNAP Coalition meeting will be Tuesday, 8/4. 
 
SNAP and interruption to FPUC - what to tell households
 
Tomorrow, Saturday 7/25, is the last date - for now, at least - that unemployment benefit recipients will get the $600 boost to their weekly unemployment (either regular UI or PUA). This weekly boost is called FPUC. 
 
What to know about the future of FPUC:
Reminding everyone to CALL Senators Warren and Markey today, thank them for their steadfast support of SNAP, and encourage them to push the Senate to act quickly to pass a relief package that boosts SNAP. Hearing from constituents matters so they can use our voices to reinforce their work to #BoostSNAPnow!

We are writing with a variety of updates and key information and remind you about Tuesday's SNAP Coalition Zoom meeting. We also want to remind you that this Monday, July 20th is the National "Rolling Rally" to urge the Senate to #BoostSNAPNow in the next COVID-19 package.

DTA has kindly shared updated data on the number of P-EBT cards (individual cards issued to children) in all MA cities and towns.  Most eligible families were issued nearly $399 in total P-EBT benefits, either on their DTA EBT cards or through the  P-EBT card mailed to families.  DTA sent an email yesterday to SNAP partners with important information to remind families about P-EBT, see attached PDF.  

Rep McGovern's office kindly flagged the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI)  2020 grant. See below. We hope you have been tracking this through other networks, but just in case - here's the info and tomorrow (yes, Friday) is the deadline.  

We also want to flag for you an excellent MassLive Editorial "Food benefits essential in coronaVirus aid package.". 
When it comes to how to best support the efforts of the SNAP Coalition and the anti-hunger community towards anti-racism and equitable policy changes, we at MLRI are constantly learning, and want to continue learning from all of you. Below we have compiled some resources and information, along with an immediate and longer term action step. We have also included some DTA updates and DTA information in this eblast.   
 
We hope that you had a rejuvenating long weekend. 
 
We will have a SNAP Coalition meeting tomorrow from 10-11:30 AM. Agenda will include: