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FoodSNAP's Blog Archive for August 2022

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

Today's (8/29) White House Conference Listening Session for Persons with Lived Expertise - new Zoom registration link:

Please see the WH communication below and share this new link directly with community members with lived experience, asking them to register/re-register if possible.  We learned Friday afternoon that there were some capacity issues with the old zoom.  Below is the new invite to send out to the people with lived experience:

A couple of reminders on the skimming situation below, and a new video from the City of Boston to circulate! Please let me - vnegus@mlri.org - know what you are seeing and hearing in your communities on this - and if you are working with anyone who had their SNAP stolen through skimming. 
 
Special Coalition meeting this Thursday, 8/25 from 10-11 AM
 
PLEASE SHARE ASAP with retailers in Eastern MA: English/Spanish flier for retailers on how to re-PIN
 
Please tune in to a special Coalition meeting next Thursday, 8/25 - especially if you work with communities in Eastern Massachusetts (see map below). 
 
SNAP stolen by skimming - next steps, and special Coalition meeting on Thurs 8/25 @ 10
 

An organized “criminal ring” is stealing SNAP and DTA cash benefits by making essentially a duplicate EBT card. This issue has escalated to a point where DTA needs to take drastic action to protect benefits. 

 

We have some exciting and positive news to share on multiple levels:

~120,000 MA households asked to re-PIN EBT cards to protect against stolen SNAP benefits

 
We are sending a brief email today to share a very exciting VICTORY!! We hope you all are staying cool.