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

TO:  SNAP Coalition Members
FR:  Pat Baker and Vicky Negus

As we start Week 8 of the MA pandemic-triggered shutdown (yes, week 8), we hope these resources help you to keep serving your constituencies during these difficult times.  A deep bow to all the front line anti-hunger and advocacy staff at food pantries, SNAP outreach locations, legal services advocates and DTA workers, as well as the heroic staff at schools, health care facilities and the many emergency response teams.

The first round of the pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits to Massachusetts households were issued TODAY - for certain households with active DTA benefits (see below). Also, active SNAP households will also get their April emergency SNAP supplement, likely around May 2nd. 

We will have lots of updates on our next SNAP Coalition Zoom call on Tuesday May 5th from 10-11:30. (Zoom info to come)  

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, for our weekly SNAP COVID-19 Zoom call.  Agenda below.  We also have a few updates.  Please let Pat or Vicky know if you have additional items for the agenda.

Emergency Grants to community groups working with older adults:

We have an important action alert for you today, from 3-4 PM EST. #SNAP Matters Twitterstorm!

Thanks to the more than 135 of you who called in to this morning's Zoom. We will do another weekly call next Tuesday, 4/28, from 10-11:30. Below are updates and information to follow up to today's call. 
 
MLRI information: Reporting rules for workers on SNAP who start to get Unemployment Insurance (UI)
 
Many have asked us about when workers need to report receipt of UI to DTA.
 
This is a long update - but chock full of important information. 
 
Updates below on expanded UI for self employed/gig workers, important 4/22 deadline for Social Security recipients with kids, tomorrow's SNAP National Day of Action, and a 4/23 housing zoom Q&A.  
 

This is a reminder of tomorrow's SNAP Coalition Zoom meeting, April 21st from 10 – 11:30 AM.  DTA will be joining this call. We expect a packed agenda given recent developments, so please tune in at 10 AM.  See zoom call info below.  Please also note, the Fallon Foundation has emergency grants to help organizations address immediate needs for food/social isolation.

Pandemic EBT State Plan approved by USDA:

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