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Blog Archive for April 2017

First Annual MA School Breakfast Report Card Released; Healthy Start Awards tomorrow

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:06pm -- FoodSNAP

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!

Powerful National and MA Resources to Defend, Protect and Strengthen SNAP: You Don't Know SNAP. This Is

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 2:25pm -- FoodSNAP

Below are really powerful resources from our colleagues at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) with state specific fact sheets, including from the Food Research Action Center (FRAC).

Take a minute, view the testimonial videos and then join with us to both protect, defend and strengthen SNAP on a national level, and CLOSE the SNAP Gap in Massachusetts !

Tuesday 4/25 SNAP Coalition Meeting; Hunger and College Students and 5/5 BHCC Event; Upcoming SNAP E&T and Outreach Info Sessions

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 4:31pm -- FoodSNAP

The next Boston SNAP Coalition is Tuesday, April 25th from 10 to Noon in Boston, St Francis House.

The AGENDA will include:

  • Report from "Elder Working Group" progress, including DTA plans for a specialized elder unit and targeted SNAP outreach

SNAP Gap Updates: FY18 Budget Debate next week, Senate Hearing on SNAP Gap Bill & "Kids First" Initiative on Tyes May 2nd!

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:46am -- FoodSNAP

House begins budget debate on Tuesday - 69 Co-Sponsors on SNAP Gap! 

YES! We have a terrific list of 69 co-sponsors on the SNAP Gap amendment #31.  See attached PDF of Amendment #31 filed by Reps Livingstone and Khan with 67 co-sponsors!! See also fact sheet.

  • If your House member is not listed, please call or email them to co-sponsor. Reps have MORE time to sign on this week and until the Amendment is taken up!  

Webinar this Monday - Protecting Your Immigrant Patients’ Access to Health Care

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:51pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

From our colleagues at the National Immigration Law Center --a webinar on April 24 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Join NILC's Webinar on Protecting Your Immigrant Patients' Access to Health Care

Increased federal immigration enforcement has raised concerns among health care providers about how to ensure that immigrant patients continue to have access to health care services without fear of negative immigration consequences.

ACTION ALERT: Final push for House co-sponsors of SNAP Gap/Common App - 5 PM Deadline TODAY!

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:11pm -- FoodSNAP

Representatives Livingstone and Khan filed Amendment #31 to close the SNAP Gap. In addition to Reps Livingstone and Khan, we have 46 co-sponsors! Reps have til 5 PM today to sign on.  Let's try for 10 more before 5 PM today!! 

  • Below is the list of current Reps who have signed onto co-sponsor the Livingstone/Khan Amendment #31.

  • Here's the House Budget link to track language and amendments (scroll down to Amendment #31 and click on the number).

MLRI analysis of FY18 House Ways and Means Budget; Initial List of Anti-Hunger Amendments being filed

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:06pm -- FoodSNAP

Here's MLRI's analysis of selected sections of the House Ways and Means FY18 Budget released at noon yesterday.  /content/house-ways-and-means-fy-18-budget-proposal-mlris-preliminary-analysis-selected-issues  Our analysis covers appropriations and budget language that funds cash assistance, SNAP administration, child care, health care, housing and homelessness, DCF services and Legal Services.


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