We have some exciting news on the SNAP Gap Campaign front. 90 members of the MA Legislature sent a letter to Governor Baker urging him to close the SNAP Gap with financing authorized by the recent IT Bond Bill. We are following up with a sign on letter from MA Orgs, currently 50 orgs and counting!
MA Legislature letter to Governor Baker:
Great news! SNAP Rules Update--Court Stops ABAWD Area Waiver Change
We are sending on Friday materials and P-EBT updates below as well as flagging an erroneous tax intercept notice that went out to SNAP households. Please continue to let us know what you are seeing and what issues/questions you have! We hope you have a good weekend.
P-EBT updates and messaging
Census deadline today! + DTA updates, action alerts, and more.
We are writing to share very good news about a lawsuit settlement!
Since 2016 MLRI has been raising with DTA concerns about the termination notice that DTA sent to ABAWDs who lost SNAP due to the time limit (ABAWDs are the childless non-disabled adults subject to a punitive 3 month time limit/work rules). In July 2019 MLRI filed a lawsuit - Wright v. DTA - challenging DTA's policy of terminating ABAWDs' SNAP benefits at the end of the 3 months without sending a notice of termination 10 days in advance of the termination.
Health Justice Academy free webinars: Today 10/7 - food resources and immigrant communities
Just a reminder of the Health Care for All Health Justice Academy series (every Wednesday in October), including this afternoon's 3 PM webinar on "Food and nutrition challenges, resources, and opportunities for immigrant families in Massachusetts during the COVID-19 crisis."
Today's webinar is jointly presented by HCFA, MLRI and Children's HealthWatch. Register below.
Updates on P-EBT, supp payment, COLA, federal action etc
A number of updates below after Tuesday's Coalition meeting - This is a long one, but we have a lot of info to get to you all! Thank you to Ellen Vollinger from the Food Research and Action Center for her presentation on the federal landscape and to Brittany Mangini from DTA for her updates. The next Coalition meeting will be on Tues Oct 13th at 10 AM.
SNAP supplement for September going out 10/2
P-EBT updated data, Reminder re Tues 10 AM SNAP Coalition and 3 PM FRAC webinar
A few resources below and info for Tuesday's SNAP Coalition meeting.
Need to raise volume to #BoostSNAPnow!
While the House passed a Continuing Resolution that includes important nutrition provisions on P-EBT and ongoing SNAP flexibilities, it does not do nearly enough - it does not provide a boost in SNAP, does not limit cuts to SNAP via USDA rule changes, does not extend boosted UI benefits, does not provide fiscal relief to states, etc.