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May 28th HEARING on SNAP Gap/Common App bill; AGENDA for May 28th SNAP Gap Coalition Meeting

Lot's going on this week and next.  

Upcoming Legislative Hearings - May 28th and June 3rd:

  • SNAP Gap/Common App – The hearing is now Tuesday, May 28th at State House (Room A-1, 10:30 AM).  We learned late yesterday that the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing has scheduled a hearing for this Tuesday morning!  Yikes!  The SNAP Gap Coalition is hard at work organizing oral and written testimony in support of Senate Bill 678. House Bill 1173.  If you can work on shot written testimony, MLRI (Pat B) is happy to hand carry it to the Committee Tuesday AM.  Let us know.  NOTE:  The 5/28 Coalition meeting at St Francis House WILL happen, notwithstanding this hearing!  SNAP gap orgs will divvy up staff to cover both events.  Attached is the Fact Sheet on the bills.
  • Breakfast after Bell – The hearing  on Monday, June 3th  at the State House at 10 AM. Room TBD. The Rise and Shine Coalition is gearing up for the hearing before the Joint Committee on Education.  The Greater Boston Food Bank is spearheading this effort with the Coalition and welcomes all to supply both written and oral testimony.  Contact Catherine Drennen at GBFB for more information and how you can be involved.
  • Healthy Incentives Program (HIP):  The HIP legislation, Senate 48, has not yet been scheduled for a hearing, but check the Mass Food Systems Collaborative website here for updates:   And don’t forget – HIP opens up again this weekend!

SNAP Coalition AGENDA May 28th at St Francis House – 10 to Noon

  • Federal updates (pending bills, pending or proposed fed rules changes)- Ellen Vollinger, FRAC – Be sure to register for the 5/22/19 2 PM Coalition for Human Needs webinar here.
  • Update on State FY20 budget debate (happening this week in the Senate), and next steps for FY20 Conf Committee
  • SNAP, HIP and Breakfast after Bell legislation updates and hearings
  • DTA Presentation on revised Interim Report and Recertification forms, including option to complete entirely online at! (Ashley Carlton, DTA - we have dedicated a chunk of time to this issue! Very exciting!!)
  • Updates on other DTA changes including “Family Cap” repeal implementation (Yay!!) and how you can screen SNAP families who may be eligible for TAFDC cash assistance.  
  • Discussion on 2019 SNAP priority including: policy recommendations to maximize benefits for working families and college students; check in on overpayment issues. 
  • Other issues you are seeing and announcements (including Voices of Hunger Conference 5/31 at UMass Lowell)

 The regular Coalition meeting will happen as planned, notwithstanding the hearing on the legislation!  

File Attachment: 
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