We are looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow, September 28th for our regular SNAP Coalition meeting from 10 to 11:30 AM. Here’s the ZOOM link.
The Coalition AGENDA will include
· DTA updates including SNAP October 1 increase; impact of families losing unemployment (PUC and PEUC) after Labor Day, P-EBT, etc
· Federal legislative updates
· State Legislative updates including
o School meal debt (see below)
o Public hearing before Jt Committee on Children and Families on September 29th on key Coalition priorities (you can still submit written testimony)
o Upcoming hearing on MA Hunger Free Campus legislation
· Mail delivery and access issues (The Open Door)
· Childcare access for low-income househouldds (GBLS)
· Local updates
School meal debt legislation clears MA Senate!
Last week, during the Senate formal session on 9/23, the MA Senate unanimously passed H.3999, An Act to Promote School Nutrition, filed by Senator Cynthia Stone Creem and Rep Andy Vargas. (The MA House passed the same bill end of July) and we hope it heads to the Gov’s desk soon. See 9/24/21 CommonWealth Magazine article HERE.
H.3999 will prevent local schools from putting children in the middle of meal debt discussion: schools are prohibited from tossing out a child’s hot meal for a cold sandwich; speaking with children about meal debt; denying students or their siblings participation in graduation, field trips or other school activities, adding extra fees onto school meal debt. Here’s MLRI’s statement and link to our report.
The bill also includes language to require schools with 50% or more low-income children to seriously consider the CEP (community eligibility provision). If the child nutrition provisions in the Build Back Better Act pass in Congress (see below), we hope to revisit this issue and work with Project Bread on universal free school meals in MA. We will keep you posted once this bill formally reaches the Gov's desk.
Deadline TODAY for state and national orgs to sign onto letter to Congress
See FRAC alert below. Please join MA groups and hundreds of orgs around the nation. Please ADD your organization onto this important letter before close of business TODAY! Passage of these provisions in Congress means MA gets a heck of a lot closer to universal free school meals.
Below is the current list of MA orgs as of 11 AM today. Add your org to this important letter NOW!
- Children's HealthWatch
- Family Voices
- Franklin County Community Meals Program
- Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University
- Healthy Chelsea
- Jewish Family & Children's Service Greater Boston
- Massachusetts Farm to School
- Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
- Project Bread
- Tenants Development Corporation
- The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
- Three Sisters Garden Project
- Urban Action Institute
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