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COVID-19 4/6: Coalition Tues 10 AM, ABAWD flier, FRAC letter, etc.

A few things this afternoon - Sign onto FRAC letter, tune in to the SNAP Coalition Zoom call tomorrow morning, share flier on halt to harsh SNAP work rules, and get info on broadband/phone services. 
 
SNAP Coalition Meeting Tues, 4/7 10-11 AM
 
 
We will be having a shorter 1 hour call tomorrow. The following is a draft agenda based on information available to share:
 
COVID-19 SNAP Updates: 
  • Status of March emergency SNAP supplements (issued 3/31/20) and April supplement
  • Updates (if available) on DTA's "interview waiver" filed with USDA and Pandemic EBT State plan (if filed);
  • EBT card issuance - how long before applicants get EBT cards by mail? & Checking in re process / timeline for replacement EBT cards
  • SNAP outreach providers -  updates on closed providers, are open providers looking for help to handle more applications?
  • Other SNAP access issues - please share what you are seeing/questions
Other emergency resources:
  • Brief overview of unemployment benefits & recovery rebates 
  • Updates on community actions and food resources
  • Checking in re food supply with local grocers - & are your local grocers doing "curbside pickup/payment" and accepting EBT at curbside? Are you seeing excessive prices, excessive delivery fees?  
Flier on Stop to ABAWD Time Limit - Share with Childless Adults

MLRI flier on the halt to the ABAWD time limit is attached and also posted on MassLegalServices.org/DTA-COVID-19 and on our google doc with our other COVID-19 resources. Please encourage all childless adults who were previously cut off to re-apply for SNAP. 
 
MA Broadband and Telephone Provider Response to COVID-19
 
As of 4/1/20, Massachusetts providers AT&T, Charter Spectrum, Comcast, Consolidated, Cox, RCN, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have signed a national FCC pledge to:
 
(1) not terminate service to any customer because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic; 
(2) waive any late fees incurred because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and 
(3) open its Wi-Fi hotspots to the public. 
 
Magna5 (serving the Town of Richmond) and OTelco (serving the Town of Granby) have not signed the pledge but have suspended disconnections for non-payment. 
 
Also, many carriers are providing customers with unlimited or additional minutes and data until May 13, 2020. See this MassHealth flier for more specific COVID-19 related actions announced by service providers serving Massachusetts.
 
Organizations Sign On to FRAC letter by COB Tues, 4/7 
 
See below. The letter urges Congress and the White House to use the next federal relief package to strengthen SNAP by increasing the maximum benefit available to all households by 15%, increasing the minimum benefit from $16 to $30, and suspending the USDA rule changes that would eliminate or weaken SNAP. Please sign on if you have not already done so!
 
Join FRAC and other leading national, state, and local anti-hunger organizations in signing a letter  coordinated by the Alliance to End Hunger  urging Congress and the White House to use the next federal relief package to strengthen SNAP by increasing the maximum benefit available to all households by 15%, increasing the minimum benefit from $16 to $30, and suspending administrative actions that would eliminate or weaken SNAP benefits.  
Sign your organization on by close of business on Tuesday, April 7
 Learn more about other COVID-19 resources and actions on FRAC’s COVID-19 Updates page.

 

 

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(202) 986-2200
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