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About MLRI, Acknowledgements, and Copyright

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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 Corperation
  • Tufts Health Plan Foundation
  • Wal-Mart Foundation

We also deeply appreciate the support, financial and technical assistance from our national anti-hunger colleagues at the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Feeding America and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC).

This 2020 edition of the SNAP Advocacy Guide was updated by Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus with research support by our 2019/20 AmeriCorps Member, Ananya Bhasin. Contributions to earlier editions from Deborah Harris, Laura Gallant, Rochelle Hahn as well as many of MLRI’s AmeriCorps volunteers and Emerson Congressional Hunger Fellows.

Twenty-fifth Edition
January 2020

© 2020 by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
All rights reserved.
Permission to reprint must be obtained from both the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.

ISBN    1-68345-129-5

ISSN     2158-2408

MCLE  2190641B23