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MA Delegation Opposes USDA Proposed SNAP Cuts; 12/2 Deadline for Public Comments looming; Upcoming Benefits Trainings & Meetings

We write to share additional resources in advance of the 12/2 SNAP comment deadline, flag upcoming meetings and trainings, and give YOU our deep thanks.


Entire MA Congressional Delegation tells USDA that proposed SNAP/utility regulations should be withdrawn!

Click here to view a copy of the letter to USDA opposing the Administration's most recent proposed rule to restrict how states determine utility costs in calculating SNAP- signed by both Senators Warren and Markey, and our entire House delegation. Please thank the Senators and your U.S. Representative for standing up to oppose cuts to SNAP!  


See also State House News Service story in Worcester Telegram and South Coastal Today here.


Deadline for Public Comments to USDA: Monday, Dec. 2nd - by 11:59 EST   

Just reminding you the comment deadline is the Monday right after Thanksgiving.  Here is a MA template that organizations can use for comments.  Please add as much personalized information as possible in order to ensure your comment counts. You an upload a PDF of your comments to here:  Or shorter comments (less than 5,000 words) may fit in the portal. In our template, we included highlighted areas for where to focus with specifics about your organization/your community.  Try to make them as unique as possible to they will get counted.


If you need help with your comments, please let Pat or Vicky know.


MA tops the country in economic insecurity for older adults. 

The University of Massachusetts Gerontology Institute released updated analysis analyzing the income and costs of basic living expenses throughout the nation for older adults living alone and living with others. Known as the “Elder Economic Security Index,” the Institute found that single older people in Massachusetts are more likely to face economic insecurity than are single older people in any other state. Older couples are more likely to face economic insecurity in MA than in all other states except Vermont and New York. Read the report here.   The Boston Globe covered the updated analysis here.  (And this data may also be useful to cite in your SNAP SUA comments!)


Last 2019 SNAP Coalition meeting on 12/3/19.  Tuesday, December 3rd is the final Boston 2019 SNAP Coalition meeting at St Francis House (10 to Noon)  Please join us for the very last 2019 meeting to discuss 2019 victories/challenges and priorities for 2020.  There is NO Coalition on November 26th.


December 14th Basic Benefits Training on TAFDC Cash Assistance:  This is an invaluable training for organizations working with families with children. One cannot live on SNAP alone!   This is the 4th (of 13) Basic Benefits Trainings offered by MLRI and sister legal services programs.  You can register for the 12/14 TAFDC training HERE.  NOTE: Be sure to click on “Non-Lawyer Advocate” and then “Update” to get the reduced $35/session rate provided to community orgs.  (The 2020 SNAP 101 training is February 5th).


Giving YOU Thanks!

We know it has been a tough year, with endless harmful SNAP rules proposed by USDA. Thank you very much for your work to protect SNAP in 2019. We know it has been a hard year - but we are very grateful for each organization involved in the SNAP Coalition, and we know your efforts are making a difference. 

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