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

Important P-EBT Updates: MA students to receive Sept P-EBT & likely for rest of School Year 20/21

We have two piece of BIG news in P-EBT land:

EOHHS issues clear, updated guidance on "public charge" for MA households

On September 17th, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) revised its "public charge" guidance for state workers and community organizations, at the behest of the Mass Protecting Immigrant Families (MA PIF) organizations: MLRI, MIRA, HCFA and HLA.  

DTA phone line issue resolved

Heads Up: DTA's Assistance Line and SAO Lines are down right now

We just received notice of this problem.  Please keep track of any urgent client issues (e.g. persons cut off, emergency applications not being processed) and report them to the Ombuds Office. 
Note - DTAConnect is still operating. DTA clients can communicate with DTA by writing a note and uploading it to DTA Connect if need be. And BEACON is operational, so SNAP and cash workers are presumably still able to  process cases, but the DTA Assistance Line and Senior Assistance Office (SAO) phone lines are BOTH DOWN

National Call-In Day & other important updates

hanks again for a robust turnout to Tuesday’s SNAP Coalition meeting. HUGE thanks to DTA for their work to secure pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for students for September, as well as their ongoing work to provide the SNAP emergency allotment again for September (which will be issued around 10/2). 

TODAY is National Call-In Day to Urge Action for Comprehensive COVID-19 Package Before Congress Adjourns!

SNAP Coalition tomorrow and LTEs from Central MA to #BoostSNAPNow and MA Food Systems follow up survey

We hope you had a relaxing Labor Day weekend and are geared up for the battles ahead, including making sure Congress does not leave town without a robust package to fund extending Unemployment, SNAP boost and state and local aid.  Please join us for Coalition tomorrow.  Here’s some updates. 

#BoostSNAPNow campaign continues:

SNAP Updates including Hunger Action Day and Virtual Town Hall TODAY, 3 PM with Congressman McGovern

Thank you all for your social media and calls to the MA Congressional Delegation yesterday. KEEP IT UP!  We are alerting you to some important events today. 

Hunger Action Day today, September 10th

Attached is the Greater Boston Food Bank alert on Hunger Action Day.  All the nation’s food banks are rallying around Hunger Action Month during September.  We urge you to reach out to family, friends and neighbors and urge them to take action THIS WEEK!

Federal action for Labor Day weekend, DTA updates

Thank you to all of you who joined yesterday’s Zoom call.  102 participants! Wow, we figured you were all vacationing. It was a pleasure to have you on the call along with our national partners from FRAC. THANK YOU for all you do to serve low income Massachusetts households. 

Federal Updates & Labor Day media push:

Dept of Public Health COVID-19 Community Impact Survey: upcoming community partner webinars

Looking forward to those of you who are able to join us tomorrow, 10 AM - 11ish - for the SNAP Coalition meeting (see Vicky Negus email).  

SNAP Coalition Zoom call info for tomorrow, Sept 1!

It is hard to believe tomorrow is September 1! We will have a SNAP Coalition Zoom meeting tomorrow, 9/1 at 10 AM. We plan to have an hour long call, but announcements may take a few additional minutes. The agenda will include:
  • Federal update - action steps on a coronavirus package to #BoostSNAPnow, info on child nutrition / school meal waivers, etc. 
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