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Blog Archive for June 2016

FY2017 Conference Budget Released - No Closure of SNAP Gap; McGovern calls hunger a "political issue"; FRAC's Food Hardship for June 2016 -1 in 6 families struggling

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:35pm -- FoodSNAP

FY2017 Budget and SNAP Gap, MEFAP and more:

The House and Senate finished up business on the FY2017 Conference Budget last night, passing a $39.1B budget with "nips and tucks" in many agencies. See today's Boston Globe article. The budget now goes to the Governor for his signature and/or vetoes. 

Health Safety Net in Conference Committee Report

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:16pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

Last night the conference committee report on the state fy 17 budget was announced.  We had been monitoring the committee on the issue of the Health Safety Net cuts.  The Senate had placed a moratorium on the cuts until the Spring of next year, while the House planned to study the cuts.  Both the moratorium and the study were held in conference by the conferees, which essentially means they are dead.  

More MA Schools with Low Income Kids Can Apply for Universal Free School Meals before August 31st - See FRAC's Community Eligibility Database for the 2016–2017 school year!

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 10:17am -- FoodSNAP

There are over dozens of Massachusetts schools with high numbers of low income kids that could give FREE breakfast and FREE lunch to ALL students in the school - 100% free school meals - and without the administrative headaches of collecting school meals applications or $.40 for each "reduced-price" meal for kids btwn 130-185% FPL.  Known as Community Eligibility Provision(CEP), schools could receive substantially MORE in federal NSLP dollars than they are getting right now.

Massachusetts' "Lost ABAWDs" - Are you seeing individuals who are Homeless, Veterans, Students and whose SNAP has stopped?

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:01pm -- FoodSNAP

According to DTA data and the May 21, 2016 Boston Globe story, 10,0000 low income individuals lost their SNAP benefits in April. And roughly 1,000 "ABAWDs" (able bodied without dependents) lost SNAP in May and early June.

#StoptheBlock and Oppose House School Meals Block Grant Proposal - Sign onto FRAC Statement OPPOSING the CNR Block Grant !

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:40am -- FoodSNAP

I realize many of you get the FRAC eblast, but in case not we are sending this on.

This is an URGENT email from our national organization, Food Research Action Center.  Please take a moment to review and add your name and organizational muscle to this campaign.  DEADLINE for signing on is TODAY, Thursday, June 9th.

Organizational SIGN ON letter to House-Senate Conference Committee In Support of Closing the SNAP Gap, pursuing a Common App! PLEASE SIGN ON

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 4:46pm -- FoodSNAP

The FY2017 Budget Conference Committee formed last week. Over the next few weeks, 3 Representatives and 3 Senators* will meet and discuss key differences in the FY17 House and Senate budgets. Their job is to "reconcile" the budget language and spending, and come up with a final budget to send to the Governor. 

The GOOD NEWS is that both budgets include proposals to closing the "SNAP Gap" and creating a common application portal.

Upcoming SNAP Training in Central Mass on June 21st: Maximizing SNAP for Older Adults Age 60 and Older - Basic Rules and Benefits Rights

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 9:02am -- FoodSNAP

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Worcester County Food Bank, and Central West Justice Center (CLA) will be sponsoring a much needed training on Maximizing SNAP for Adults Age 60 and Older: Basic SNAP Application Rules and Benefits Rights.  This training is for community organizations that work with low income older adults (or persons with disabilities). Please see attached flyer.

It will be held in the Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence Street, Worcester, MA, on Tuesday, June 21st from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.

USDA SNAP guidance: Veterans receiving any amount of VA Disability Compensation are EXEMPT from the 3 Month SNAP Time Limit!

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 8:53am -- FoodSNAP

Good news for veterans! The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released guidance last week, dated 5/20/16 but circulated just before Memorial Day. Veterans who receive VA Disability Compensation Benefits should be considered "physically or mentally unfit for employment" - regardless of the disability rating.  This means that a veteran who qualifies for VA Compensation at 10% rating or higher is exempt from the 3 month time limit.  The veteran does NOT need a medical report form documenting he or she is medically unfit for work.

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