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FoodSNAP's Blog Archive for February 2021

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

2021 State Legislative Campaigns, MLRI's Race Equity/Justice Atty; DTA's HIP Finder Tool

In follow up to Tuesday's SNAP Coalition meeting, this eblast includes the 2021 state Legislative priorities for Coalition members, introduces MLRI’s new Race Equity and Justice attorney Virginia Benzan, and DTA’s recently updated HIP Finding Tool.  Also flagging the March 3rd Basic Benefits Training on Income maximization for Working Poor households.

Key Anti-Hunger and Anti-Poverty 2021 State Legislative Campaigns 

MA Dept of Higher Ed eblast to all MA college presidents re SNAP for students; and new social media tools

TODAY! National Day of Action to Urge Passage of #AmericanRescuePlan

Please see below and call, tweet, and engage our Congressional delegation TODAY!
 
Also, reminder we will have a Coalition meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb 23 from 10-1130 AM. We will cover federal updates, state updates, check in on announcements and more. See you tomorrow! 

FRAC/Unidos webinar today, National Day of Action Monday!

Webinar: What Recent Actions on SNAP, P-EBT, and WIC Mean for Food-Insecure Latino Children and Families - In English TODAY, February 19, y Español 24 de febrero
 

No mtg today, homeless liaisons, FNS NERO org chart + trainings

There is no SNAP Coalition meeting today! The next Zoom will be next Tuesday, 2/23 from 10-11:30 AM. Agenda and Zoom link to come later this week. 
 
New - DTA Homeless Liaisons for each local DTA office area 
 

709,000 unemployment recipients emailed about SNAP + EBT cards for dire need cases

big news for SSI kids, P-EBT outreach, MLRI SNAP resources and more!

To: SNAP Coalition 
Fr: Vicky Negus and Pat Baker
 
Happy Friday! A number of resources, updates, and information below. 
 

MA rolls out letters to 94K low income college students, many now eligible under COVID expansion rules!!

Hot off the press is a PDF version of an electronic letter that Department of Higher Ed (DHE) Commissioner Carlos Santiago sent last night to 94,000 MA low income college students. His letter also shares his personal story using SNAP as a college student for his family. The DHE electronic letter was sent to the college students that DHE identified with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0. Note, some of these students may already be getting SNAP – so we do not know how many students will be new to SNAP benefits. 

PRESS RELEASE: Massachusetts Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign Urges Biden Administration to Rescind Public Charge “Wealth Test”

We are sharing with you the press release that MLRI released last night with its partners in the Massachusetts Protecting Immigrant Families MA-PIF) in support of President Biden's Executive Order below, and link to the 

EBT customer service updates, Unemployment news, public charge + MCLE training

A variety of updates on P-EBT, President Biden's planned Executive Actions today, Unemployment and more!