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

MA rolls out letters to 94K low income college students, many now eligible under COVID expansion rules!!

Hot off the press is a PDF version of an electronic letter that Department of Higher Ed (DHE) Commissioner Carlos Santiago sent last night to 94,000 MA low income college students. His letter also shares his personal story using SNAP as a college student for his family. The DHE electronic letter was sent to the college students that DHE identified with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0. Note, some of these students may already be getting SNAP – so we do not know how many students will be new to SNAP benefits. 

PRESS RELEASE: Massachusetts Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign Urges Biden Administration to Rescind Public Charge “Wealth Test”

We are sharing with you the press release that MLRI released last night with its partners in the Massachusetts Protecting Immigrant Families MA-PIF) in support of President Biden's Executive Order below, and link to the 

EBT customer service updates, Unemployment news, public charge + MCLE training

A variety of updates on P-EBT, President Biden's planned Executive Actions today, Unemployment and more! 
 

SNAP + College Students, Upcoming trainings, SNAP Coalition mtg schedule, etc

A number of updates and resources below - Including the 2021 SNAP Coalition meeting schedule! 
 

SNAP and college students 

 

Governor's FY22 Budget Proposed Budget Cuts and 2021 Anti-Hunger Legislative Priorities

 

Coalition Meeting on 1/26, Unemployment & SNAP flier, P-EBT Updates

Special SNAP Coalition call info below along with other updates - including a flier on SNAP and unemployment benefits!
 
Special SNAP Coalition Zoom on Tuesday, 1/26 from 10-11 to cover federal updates!
 

Biden Exec Order, USDA Appointments, 15% SNAP Boost, College Students and More!

What an exciting and emotional week. In the face of of sky high food insecurity, a worsening pandemic, and the scourge of white supremacy in our country - We are very glad to be in this new era and we are deeply optimistic about opportunities for change. Which brings us to...
 

Boston Globe on 15% SNAP Boost, Coalition reminder

Coalition meeting at 10 AM TODAY!
 

P-EBT and SNAP Policy and Data Updates, Upcoming Trainings on SNAP, Vets and Unemployment

We have a number of updates and a lot of information, below. Next week's SNAP Coalition meeting will be from 10-11:30 on Tuesday, 1/19. Agenda to come!

P-EBT: Oct/Nov P-EBT info/resources and updated list of CEP districts

DTA shared they issued P-EBT on 1/11 for October and November to a group of students who were not included in the 12/30 issuance (because their districts were delayed in getting data to the Department of Early and Secondary Education). 

Deadline TODAY to sign onto public charge letter, SNAP 101 Training!

It has been a very hard and shocking week, and we hope that this weekend you have time away from the news with loved ones.
 
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