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AARP teams up with Project Bread for SNAP outreach - information on letters being sent to low income MA AARP Members over the next few months

We just want to flag for you a new initiative between AARP Foundation and Project Bread to reach more older adults and help them enroll in SNAP (or do a “SNAP math check- up”).  

AARP is sending out letters to low-income AARP members (based on information they collect on health insurance coverage and other membership info they collect) advising them on how to apply for SNAP through a statewide community outreach partner.  AARP Foundation has been focusing these SNAP enrollment efforts in states that have Elder Simplified Application Projects with 3-year certification periods and other simplified procedures like Massachusetts (ours is EDSAP, because it includes persons with disabilities).  We are delighted this project is underway in Massachusetts because so many older adults really trust AARP for information!

Below is an eblast prepared by Project Bread that we want to share with you so that you can assure older adults in your community that it is OK to call Project Bread and ask for their help.  Note, it is ALSO fine for you to take the SNAP application if that’s a service your agency provides, or help the client access DTA Connect or go to a local office, even if the person got the AARP letter.  No reason to defer or delay helping someone get SNAP, ever. 

Below is the schedule of the first set of mailings for Barnstable, Berkshire and Bristol counties. We will let you know the schedule of mailings for the rest of the state as Project Bread and AARP Foundation roll this out. Please reach out to Khara Burns at Project Bread if questions.  

Pat B

 

 

Hello Providers,

Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline would like to inform you of our recent partnership with the AARP Foundation which will conduct outreach to Massachusetts older adults who may qualify for SNAP. Over the next 12-18 months AARP Foundation will send out batches of letters to their members in Massachusetts who earn less than $20,000/year. Attached is a sample of the letter you client(s) will receive.

Letter recipients will be directed to call Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline. Hotline counselors are available to screen callers for SNAP eligibility, help callers apply for SNAP via DTA Connect over the phone, and administer a food security survey. Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline open Monday- Friday 8am to 7pm, & Saturday 10am to 2pm can also assists callers with information on other food resources.

Below is the current mail schedule- letters will be sent out by county (alphabetically). We are working on getting an updated schedule with all counties (TBD).  

Mail Drop Date

Organization/State

Counties/Cities/Zip Codes

Mail Count

Sept. 2nd

Project Bread/MA

Barnstable

3420

Sept. 16th

Project Bread/MA

Berkshire

3148

Sept 30th

Project Bread/MA

Bristol (1/4)

3000

Oct 14th

Project Bread/MA

Bristol (2/4)

3000

Nov. 4th

Project Bread/MA

Bristol (3/4)

3100

 

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best, 

Khara Burns

FoodSource Hotline Director

 

Khara_Burns@projectbread.org

617-239-2586 (Direct Line)

617-248-8877 (Fax)

 

 

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East Boston, MA 02128-1903

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