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Coalition Mtg Tues 9/29, Keep pressure on Congress to pass COVID package

A few resources below and info for Tuesday's SNAP Coalition meeting. 
 
Need to raise volume to #BoostSNAPnow! 
 
While the House passed a Continuing Resolution that includes important nutrition provisions on P-EBT and ongoing SNAP flexibilities, it does not do nearly enough - it does not provide a boost in SNAP, does not limit cuts to SNAP via USDA rule changes, does not extend boosted UI benefits, does not provide fiscal relief to states, etc. 
 
The Boston Globe published an op-ed from the 4 MA Food Banks, MLRI and Project Bread sharing why we absolutely need a meaningful COVID relief package. We have seen the SNAP caseload increase 15% since March - our families cannot wait for relief. Please share the Op Ed with family and friends in sister states- with the ask that they call their Senators to push for meaningful COVID relief --and write LTEs to local news outlets. 
 
SNAP Coalition meeting Tuesday 9/29
 
Reminder that we have our next SNAP Coalition Zoom meeting on Tuesday, 9/29. Agenda and Zoom info below.
 
Planned agenda (subject to change):
  • Federal updates - including the Continuing Resolution, the campaign to #BoostSNAPnow and COVID relief 
  • State legislative updates - including SNAP Gap and status of state budget
  • DTA updates - September P-EBT, SNAP emergency supplement, processing/COVID-19 procedures updates 
  • EOHHS issues much improved guidance on public charge - and strategy discussion on how to help families
  • College students and food insecurity - checking in on what resources are available when colleges go remote
  • What issues are you seeing?  Are clients getting timely receipt of EBT cards, able to reach DTA, navigate paperwork? 

 
Fliers on MAp-EBT.org in English & Spanish on September P-EBT
 
DTA, DESE, the Shah Foundation, and Project Bread have updated P-EBT materials and posted 1 page fliers on September P-EBT in English and Spanish on MAp-EBT.org HERE (more languages to come!). 
 
Updated MLRI resources on public charge - and reminder re. improved EOHHS guidance!
 
We have updated our MassLegalServices.org/publiccharge information to include the updated EOHHS guidance and to answer core questions about public charge. We have also updated our SNAP and public charge flier in English (translations to come!). 
 
Upcoming event from the Hunger to Health Collaboratory 
 
The Hunger to Health Collaboratory - including Greater Boston Food Bank and Children's HealthWatch - is hosting an event on October 5 & 6 on Hunger to Health In COVID and Beyond: Food Policy as Health Policy- including our anti-hunger champion, Rep. Jim McGovern! To learn more and to register, click here. 
 

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