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24, 000 low income veterans in MA rely on SNAP - Why it's critical defend and strengthen the federal safety-net

 
Did you know that an estimated 24,000 veterans in Massachusetts rely on SNAP benefits?  According to national data, nearly 1.5 M low income veterans rely on SNAP to put food on the table in the nation.  SNAP is a such a critical program that Governor Baker and Lt Governor Polito issued a Proclamation on Sept 26th hailing SNAP as "the first line of defense against hunger in the nation."  
The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has updated its report detailing how many veterans use SNAP in every state. See: https://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/snap-helps-almost-15-million-low-income-veterans-including-thousands-in   
 
See also the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) blog highlighting the growing importance of SNAP as veterans age or struggle with disabilities including links to data on veterans and SNAP: 
https://www.clasp.org/blog/honor-our-veterans-protecting-their-access-snap#.WgUaMaQQXaU.twitter
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We are delighted to report that DTA's revised SNAP Senior application now includes a voluntary question on military service of SNAP applicants, to help track usage and refer veterans and their dependents for services (and revisions are planned to all other paper and online applications). 
 
Here's my tweet from ​yesterday the importance of protecting and defending SNAP: https://twitter.com/PatMLRI/status/928642233162661889
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If you tweet or use Face Book, please amplify today and this weekend. 
 
​Congress is looking to make major cuts to the federal safety net, including SNAP and other critical programs. Follow Food Research Action Center (FRAC) alerts to find out what you and do to protect and defend federal nutrition programs: http://www.frac.org/action/budget-appropriations  See also detailed Coalition for Human Needs (CHN) analysis, 11/3/17 of the House Multi-Million Dollar Tax Cut Plan.   Please speak out every opportunity you have. ​
 
​Honor our Veterans, protect the federal safety net. 

 

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