A few time sensitive action alerts to follow up to this morning's SNAP Coalition meeting. Additional updates on the DTA front to come soon!
Action alert for TODAY from the Lift Our Kids campaign
Yesterday the MA House Ways and Means Committee released its FY 20 Supplemental Budget proposal. Please click here to ask your Representative to co-sponsor Rep. Decker's amendment (#7) to this budget to provide short-term relief for families and individuals in deep poverty.
- a one-time cash benefit payment for 33K TAFDC families and 21K EAEDC (elder or disabled) recipients. A fact sheet is available here
The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially hard on those who were already living in deep poverty. Seven states have already provided supplemental aid to families receiving cash assistance. Now it is time for Massachusetts to take action. Please contact your Representative NOW! We need them to co-sponsor by close of business today. We encourage calling & tweeting at your Rep in addition to sending an email.
Mass Public Health Association & an equitable reopening
The Mass Public Health Association hasbeen spearheading the Task Force on Coronavirus & Equity - a coalition of 94 organizations (including MLRI and many SNAP Coalition members). The Task Force released a report card on an equitable reopening, stating "On June 22, Governor Baker received all D’s and F’s on a report card rating his reopening policies based on how they prioritize the health of Black and Latinx residents, low wage workers, and others that have been most impacted by COVID-19." For more info, see the MPHA website here, this powerful Boston Globe article
from yesterday, and social media on Twitter here.
The Task Force also shared that RaiseUpMA is gathering data and stories
about workers who are forced to make the choice (non-choice) between going to work sick and meeting their basic economic needs because they don’t have paid sick time ensured by our state or federal government. Please share this link
with your networks and on social media to help pass #PaidSickTimeNow (H.4700/S.2701).
HIP vendor information session 6/24
As DTA shared on today's SNAP Coalition call, $5M is available to bring on more farmers, farm stands, CSAs onto the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) including a HIP Vendor Notice of Opportunity
available to view here
under "Top Tasks." DTA is also hosting an online information session tomorrow, Wednesday, June 24 for a second live online information session You must register prior to the session.
What: HIP NOO Information Session
When: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 from 10-11 a.m.
Where: WebEx; please register by clicking the blue "Register" link below
All questions sent to DTA.HIP@state.ma.us will be answered and publicly posted on the Questions and Answers page.