About MLRI, Acknowledgements, and Copyright

About Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is a statewide nonprofit poverty law and policy center. Our mission is to advance economic, racial, and social justice through legal action, policy advocacy, coalition building, and public information and to promote policies that meet the fundamental needs of traditionally underserved, low-income populations. We defend against policies and actions that harm and marginalize people living in poverty and advocate for systemic reforms that achieve social and economic justice. Our activities include advice, litigation, policy analysis, research, technical assistance and public information.


MLRI dedicates this Guide to anti-hunger advocates throughout Massachusetts who work tirelessly to help low-income households obtain the nutrition benefits to which they are entitled and who work to preserve and protect basic benefits for families in poverty.

MLRI wishes to acknowledge the support from Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. for supporting MLRI’s trainings and publications. MLRI also wishes to acknowledge the foundations that have supported our anti-hunger work over so many years including:

  • Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation
  • Points32Health Foundation

We also deeply appreciate the support and financial and technical assistance from our national anti-hunger colleagues at the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC,) and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).


This 2024 edition of the SNAP Advocacy Guide was updated by Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus with research assistance from Taylor Grenga, Northeastern Law Student.

Twenty-eighth Edition January 2024

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and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
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Permission to reprint must be obtained from both the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.