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

We have important updates on both SNAP replacement benefits and denied SNAP applications due to DTA erroneously counting $600/week federal pandemic unemployment (FPUC).  Also below, the SNAP Coalition Agenda and Zoom call in information.

Replacement SNAP benefits.  More time to report loss of food SNAP due to Storm Isaias

We are writing to give you some critical updates on public charge, current data on the number of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) cards that remain unpinned, and the school districts that might be able to elect universal free school meal status (Community Eligibility Provision or CEP).


Public Charge Update from the Massachusetts Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) campaign: 

We'd like to remind all SNAP Coalition members, and especially local food pantries where families may be showing up for emergency food, about the SNAP "misfortune" replacement policy.  Over 220,000 Massachusetts residents lost power the evening of August 4th, and for many parts of the state, the outages continued throughout August 5th and the following days as utility companies worked to get power back on.  
Important action alert and information below! Our next SNAP Coalition Zoom will be next Tuesday, 8/18. 
National SNAP Day of Action TODAY - Make some noise! 
Important updates and messaging below on public charge, replacement SNAP benefits after yesterday's storm, accessing DTA during times of high call volume, the July supplement, and SNAP caseload data. 
Homeland Security suspends recent "public charge" rule after fed court decision - How to advise immigrant families 
We are writing with three important school meal issues to get on your radar, and especially as schools wrestle with reopening.  

Breakfast after the Bell - VICTORY!  

We are looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow AM on the SNAP Coalition call but we need you to do something TODAY!  

Final push for #BoostSNAPnow in Congress:

Please keep up the drum beat with calls to both Congress and Governor Baker to secure a SNAP boost in the next COVID-19 package.  Conversations are going on “behind closed doors” – which kinda hints they might be close to some agreements. 

July is quickly coming to an end. We have important news and action steps, and our next SNAP Coalition meeting is August 4th. 

We need your help TODAY.  The U.S. Senate released a COVID-19 package totally unacceptable to address the needs of states and localities, including NO funding to boost SNAP.

Call MA Delegation today:  See FRAC alert BELOW. Please call, tweet and email your member of Congress today to #BoostSNAPnow. Please also send a LTE to your local media outlet and get vocal on social media!

This Massachusetts data reinforces how dire the need is to #BoostSNAPnow:

Updates and action steps below! We hope you have a very good weekend. The next SNAP Coalition meeting will be Tuesday, 8/4. 
SNAP and interruption to FPUC - what to tell households
Tomorrow, Saturday 7/25, is the last date - for now, at least - that unemployment benefit recipients will get the $600 boost to their weekly unemployment (either regular UI or PUA). This weekly boost is called FPUC. 
What to know about the future of FPUC:
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