See information from Catherine Drennan of the Greater Boston Food Bank about the Rise and Shine campaign in order to build support for the breakfast after the bell legislation filed by Sen. DiDomenico and Rep. Vega. Attached is a one pager for the legislative campaign and here is the microsite: www.riseandshinema.org BIG THANKS to the GBFB and all the orgs working on this important issue.
It's come to our attention that many individuals age 18 to 50 believe they can only get SNAP for a total of three months unless they meet the SNAP work requirements or are exempt. WRONG! Many "able-bodied without dependents" or "ABAWDs" can qualify for a SECOND three month benefit if they meet one of the following:
Worked for 80 hours in a 30 day period during or since they lost their SNAP benefits
Found a community service (volunteer) activity at an approved site, for up to 17 hours - but are not meeting the work rules currently
Attached is MLRI's analysis of the FY18 Senate Ways and Means Budget, selected sections of the budget impacting low income households in the areas of DTA benefits, housing, health care, child care etc. Call us if questions or corrections.
Upcoming SNAP Coalition Meetings May 23 and June 1:
We want to share with you information on an amazing exhibit coming to Greater Boston, and some important press on food insecurity this week:
We are writing to send on some exciting materials we received from the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) to distribute on the new Massachusetts Health Incentives Program or HIP! HIP is a terrific tool for SNAP outreach as well, especially among low benefit SNAP households who can earn $40, $60 or $80/month in HIP dollars.
Here's what you need to know:
Greetings. We are shipping to you a revised flier for your SNAP application assistance, and DTA Central information on standardized local office business hours.
SNAP App "Next Steps" Flier:
A lot of SNAP outreach partners get questions all the time about "what happens after I file an application for SNAP?" Attached is a revised document prepared by MLRI and Project Bread to give to households that you are helping with SNAP Applications. This describes the "Next Steps" they should expect after filing a SNAP application including
Thanks to everyone who submitted written and oral testimony to the Health Care Financing Committee in support of Senate Bill 612 (identical to House Bill 101) to Close the SNAP Gap and create a common application for benefits!Â Really strong testimony during the hearing, including the City of Boston, League of Women Voters, AARP, a Witness to Hunger, the Children's HealthWatch, Greater Boston Food Bank, EmPath, Mass Public Health Association and more.
We've got some updates on the House Budget, upcoming bill hearing and a LOVELY article by AARP Massachusetts.
The Eos Foundation has just released a FANTASTIC School Breakfast Scorecard for Massachusetts, with the help of Children's HealthWatch and Department of Early and Secondary Education. The report includes detailed information in key high poverty districts. Hats off to Eos, CHW and DESE!