Greetings all. This is a reminder of tomorrow’s SNAP Coalition Zoom meeting, 10 – 11:30 AM and additional updates of interest.
June 9th SNAP Coalition AGENDA:
· Federal SNAP update and reminder about the national SIGN ON letter to Congress – Add your organization TODAY!
· P-EBT updates – DTA improvements to help with the PIN-ing process); report on how P-EBT is going in your school districts
· SNAP updates
o supplemental emergency payments issued last week
o DTA gets extension of interview waiver and other processing procedures
o Other updates/changes
· Helping households understand how UI/PUC impacts SNAP and right to reapply in August
· Food pantries and client verifications (see more below)
· Presentation from Children’s HealthWatch: Health implications food insecurity with focus on COVID-19
· Local reports – tell us what you are seeing, information you need for your SNAP outreach and advocacy
Accessing Emergency Food and Photo IDs
We’ve heard from a number of sources that some of the local food pantries have been asking households either for photo IDs or SSNs when families seek help. Neither of these practices is authorized by food banks in the distribution of MEFAP or TEFAP funded food. All the Food Banks are aligned that SSNs and photo IDs are not required, and should not be requested.
The Worcester CO Food Bank has notified all of its partner agencies what the correct policy is around documentation (see attached). And here is a Google doc link to a “No ID Required for Food” flier (English and Spanish) being distributed by the Worcester County Food Bank. Please be in touch with the area Food Banks that serve your clients and let MLRI know what you are hearing.
MBTA Means-Tested Program Pilot – MBTA Seeking Non-Profit Partners:
This is very exciting news! The MBTA recently released the Means Tested Fare Challenge to support finding non-profit partners for administration of a future program for discount T-passes, similar to the discounted Transportation Access Pass, Youth Pass, Senior CharlieCard and Student Charlie Card. The T is actively inviting ideas from local nonprofits and organizations to determine innovative ways to implement and administer a low-income fare. The T is looking for responses by July 30th.
For more info, see the MBTA webpage HERE: https://www.mbta.com/projects/