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Client privacy/confidentiality: Recommendations for food pantries/community feeding programs serving immigrant clients

Recent news reports have highlighted a growing fear among immigrants seeking necessary services, such as food assistance, health care, and police protection. Some of these fears are based on immigrants concerned their personal information will be shared with immigration officials.

MLRI is providing some basic guidance to help Massachusetts food pantries and community feeding programs understand state privacy and confidentiality laws. It is important to ensure all persons seeking your services - both U.S. citizens and immigrants - receive the fullest protection required under the law. 

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