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Coalition Meeting AGENDA - July 26th; USDA Guidance on Non-Citizens

Hope you are withstanding the heat, getting some cool drinks and staying in the shade or have access to AC!! The LAST meeting of the summer for the Food SNAP Coalition is on Tuesday, July 26th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House. The next Coalition meeting will be on September 27th (last Tuesday of the month). We skip August!

The July 26th AGENDA will include:

* Update on the federal debt ceiling debate and potential impact on safety net programs
* State FY2012 budget: campaign to increase number of front line SNAP staff
* Non-Citizens: Discussion of new USDA guidance on non-citizen eligibility - see USDA Deputy Administrator Lisa Pino's email below with link to new guidance (which incorporates a number of immigrant/refugee policy initiatives birthed in Massachusetts!)
* Elder/Disabled Households - update on NO interview policy for elder/disabled households at SNAP recertification; update on "categorical eligibility" minimum SNAP benefit households;
* Interview phone tag: How to make sure households who are required to have or want interviews actually get them
* SNAP outreach to low income college students as the new school year gears up
* Tips on handling SNAP applications for persons who have moved from out of state
* School meals initiatives in 2010 Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act: DCF agrees to major outreach to foster families; DTA planning mailings to all SNAP and TAFDC households; DTA adds non-recipient children living in SNAP and TAFDC households to data exhange with schools for free meals; new pilot of 30 school districts to use Virtual Gateway information to "directly certify" children living in SNAP and TAFDC households.
* Updates, reports from the field.

We are hoping to reschedule the canceled meeting with USDA for sometime in September and will keep you posted. Meanwhile, stay cool!