We have some exciting news on the SNAP Gap Campaign front. 90 members of the MA Legislature sent a letter to Governor Baker urging him to close the SNAP Gap with financing authorized by the recent IT Bond Bill. We are following up with a sign on letter from MA Orgs, currently 50 orgs and counting!
MA Legislature letter to Governor Baker:
On Monday evening, October 19th, Senator Sal DiDomenico and Rep Jay Livingstone sent a letter to Governor Baker urging him to take steps to close the SNAP Gap by implementing the financing authorized in the "IT Bond Bill." The IT Bond bill, Chapter 151 of the Acts of 2020 approved August 7, 2020, authorized the Baker Administration to borrow $5M to make the IT/systems changes necessary to MassHealth and Medicare Savings Program consumers to apply for SNAP at the same time. The 10/19/2020 DiDomenico/Livingstone letter was co-signed by 61 House and 27 Senate members, both Republicans and Democrats. This is HUGE!! Thank you all for helping get your members signed on.
We will be amplifying this letter with the following hashtags, #Tech4Food and #CloseSNAPGap Stay tuned for social media opportunities.
Organizational Sign-on letter to Governor Baker:
The SNAP Gap Coalition is also circulating an organizational letter to Governor Baker urging him to implement the IT Bond bill financing. We currently have 50 MA organizations on the letter and plan to send the letter to Governor Baker on Monday, October 26th. If you have not had a chance to sign onto the SNAP Gap/IT letter, please add your organization's name today. The text of the letter and how to sign on is available HERE.
Deadline, NOON, Monday October 26th.