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Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting on Tuesday, June 27th 10- Noon

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 6:00pm -- FoodSNAP

This is a quick reminder that the Boston SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, June 27th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston

The AGENDA will include:

  • Update on Federal/Congressional proposals around SNAP and federal nutrition programs; strategies to protect and strengthen SNAP**

  • Update on State FY18 budget and Conference Committee, and pending legislation

  • Presentation from DTA Commissioner McCue on improvements to DTA Assistance line, document processing, and coming attractions

SNAP and Disability Tweet Chat, Wed 6/21 at 1 PM EST; More press on impact of potential SNAP cuts to Massachusetts

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:03am -- FoodSNAP

Recent press on impact of federal SNAP cuts on Massachusetts:

In case you missed it, here is some very recent press on the potential impact of the President's proposed cuts to SNAP on the Commonwealth and the nation.

SNAP's Essential Food Assistance to Persons with Disabilities - your social media help needed !

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:46am -- FoodSNAP

Over 55% of the Massachusetts SNAP caseload includes seniors and persons with severe disabilities. DTA's May 2017 Performance Scorecard confirms:

  • 752 Massachusetts residents (individuals) currently receive SNAP.

  • 270K are persons with disabilities under age 60 - which means they receive SSI, Social Security or MassHealth as severely disabled.

State FY18 Budget Alert: Contact your Legislator to Close the SNAP Gap!

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 1:15pm -- FoodSNAP

Greetings SNAP Gap Common App Coalition & Supporters,

It's time for the last big push to get language included in the final FY18 Budget to close the SNAP Gap! Given the current fiscal situation, the likelihood of getting funds in the budget are slim, however, there is immense support in both the House and the Senate for addressing this issue and getting families and individuals the nutrition assistance they need.

Client privacy/confidentiality: Recommendations for food pantries/community feeding programs serving immigrant clients

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 1:50pm -- FoodSNAP

Recent news reports have highlighted a growing fear among immigrants seeking necessary services, such as food assistance, health care, and police protection. Some of these fears are based on immigrants concerned their personal information will be shared with immigration officials.

Update on President's Budget and Proposed Cuts to SNAP: ACTION STEPS for Massachusetts Anti-Hunger Advocates!

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:20am -- FoodSNAP

Thanks to all of you who attended yesterday's SNAP Coalition meeting in Boston, and thanks to Ellen Vollinger of FRAC for her excellent, timely presentation of what's in the Pres's FFY18 budget and what's next. Keep in mind, the Presindent's Budget is a PROPOSED budget. The main action will start with Congress when they release their FFY18 budget (already delayed), likely sometime in June. Also keep in mind, we've been through this stuff before (2004, President Bush and a Republican-controlled House and Senate proposed cuts to SNAP, and successfully fought back).

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