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

Before the long weekend, we are excited to share some important updates and resource from USDA and USCIS that may be helpful in your SNAP and cash advocacy for the immigrant communities you serve.

USDA and USCIS issue joint letter to state on SNAP and public charge 

Greetings all.  We hope you are continuing to stay healthy and safe as Omicrom rips through the Commonwealth’s schools, work places, hospitals and more.  Hang in there!

FRAC Webinar tomorrow, January 11th at 4 PM EST re SNAP’s Shelter Cap

DTA shipped out this email this AM re all DTA offices being closed. Note that some offices were independently closed this week due to Covid infections among staff and we do not know what that looks like. For households in need of emergency EBT cards, the DTA Assistance Line and/or Ombuds may be able to arrange overnight mail. Call the Ombuds in that case.

Happy New Year!  We hope you are continuing to stay healthy and safe, and especially now with the pandemic continuing to ramp up.  But we have some great action steps while you hunker down. 

A few announcements below. Unless there is breaking news, we likely won't send another eblast until the New Year. The last year has been one of many challenges - but we have also seen time and time again that this Coalition is a powerful force in making change!! We look forward to our continued work together in 2022. 
Update on eligibility for Haitian children born outside of Haiti & resources 
We hope you are gearing up for some relaxing and safe time with family and friends. We have a couple of items to share with you before the holiday break the next two weeks. If you are working with Haitian immigrant families, see important information below. Our next SNAP Coalition meeting is scheduled for 1/25 from 10-11:30. 

We hope you are gearing up for a relaxing Thanksgiving break with family and friends. We are writing to share important resources for the Massachusetts families you work with, and resources to help you continue to raise awareness of food insecurity. 

1.     USCIS issues updated guidance 11/16 on public charge 

We hope you are planning to get some well-deserved time over the Thanksgiving break. Per tradition, there is NO SNAP Coalition meeting on Tuesday, November 23rd  (nor the last week of December). 

The next formal SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, December 7th from 10 to 11:30 AM. It will be a chock-filled exciting meeting!

1.     Getting In-Person EBT Cards at Local DTA Offices – EBT Card Fliers 

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