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FoodSNAP's Blog Archive for October 2020

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

New SNAP calculator, SNAP Gap #Food4Tech, Working Groups - LOTS of Updates !

SNAP Coalition Agenda for 10/27, Updated P-EBT data and MORE!

We are in the final stretch of the October and hoping you are hanging in there, and can enjoy a safe and scare-free Halloween.  Our next SNAP Coalition meeting is tomorrow, October 27th from 10 to 11:30 AM. We have lots to share with you today. 

SNAP Coalition Draft AGENDA (Tues, Oct 27th)

·         Federal updates from FRAC, and brief Coalition discussion of the SNAP Coalition’s “transition” priorities, 

MLRI Budget Analysis; Mass League of Community Health Centers; and other updates

MLRI Revised H2 Budget Analysis

 

Add your org to the sign-on letter to Guv Baker to close the SNAP Gap! #Tech4Food

We have some exciting news on the SNAP Gap Campaign front. 90 members of the MA Legislature sent a letter to Governor Baker urging him to close the SNAP Gap with financing authorized by the recent IT Bond Bill.  We are following up with a sign on letter from MA Orgs, currently 50 orgs and counting! 

MA Legislature letter to Governor Baker:

Great news! SNAP Rules Update--Court Stops ABAWD Area Waiver Change

P-EBT Updates, Fall P-EBT and Erroneous DTA Tax Intercept Notices

To: SNAP Coalition

Fr: Vicky Negus and Pat Baker 

We are sending on Friday materials and P-EBT updates below as well as flagging an erroneous tax intercept notice that went out to SNAP households.  Please continue to let us know what you are seeing and what issues/questions you have! We hope you have a good weekend. 

P-EBT updates and messaging 

Census deadline today! + DTA updates, action alerts, and more.

MLRI ABAWD lawsuit Notice of Settlement - good news!

We are writing to share very good news about a lawsuit settlement!
 
Since 2016 MLRI has been raising with DTA concerns about the termination notice that DTA sent to ABAWDs who lost SNAP due to the time limit (ABAWDs are the childless non-disabled adults subject to a punitive 3 month time limit/work rules). In July 2019 MLRI filed a lawsuit - Wright v. DTA - challenging DTA's policy of terminating ABAWDs' SNAP benefits at the end of the 3 months without sending a notice of termination 10 days in advance of the termination.
 

Health Justice Academy free webinars: Today 10/7 - food resources and immigrant communities

TO: SNAP Coalition Members
FR:  Pat Baker
 
Just a reminder of the Health Care for All Health Justice Academy series (every Wednesday in October), including this afternoon's 3 PM webinar on "Food and nutrition challenges, resources, and opportunities for immigrant families in Massachusetts during the COVID-19 crisis."  
 
Today's webinar is jointly presented by HCFA, MLRI and Children's HealthWatch. Register below.

Updates on P-EBT, supp payment, COLA, federal action etc

 A number of updates below after Tuesday's Coalition meeting - This is a long one, but we have a lot of info to get to you all! Thank you to Ellen Vollinger from the Food Research and Action Center for her presentation on the federal landscape and to Brittany Mangini from DTA for her updates. The next Coalition meeting will be on Tues Oct 13th at 10 AM. 
 
SNAP supplement for September going out 10/2