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MLRI analysis of Guv's FY21 Budget; Updated ABAWD infographic, SNAP Coalition AGENDA for Tues Jan 28th

A very busy January indeed!  Lot’s going on. 

Governor’s FY21 Budget:  On Wednesday, Governor Baker released the Administration’s  FY21 budget request, House 2.  Here’s a link to MLRI’s detailed analysis of the Governor’s FY21 Proposed Budget;  an analysis of selected line items including DTA cash and nutrition benefits, health care, housing, homelessness , child welfare and legal services. The state budget process starts with the Governor’s budget, followed by the House budget in March and Senate budget in May.  Stay tuned for updates.

3-month SNAP time limit/waived areas for early 2020:  Here’s our updated our ABAWD infographic that highlights the 83 cities and towns where residents (ABAWDs) are currently exempt from the 3-month time limit based on the high unemployment in those areas, known as “geographically waived areas.”  We are hoping a federal court will stop or slow down USA’s plans to implement these regulations.  If not, these areas are no longer waived as of April 2020. DTA currently projects that over 16,000 individuals in these areas may be impacted, and more if the future if the economy sours.  Note - all the other exemptions will remain in place (if disabled, living with a child, pregnant, homeless, etc).  Don’t forget to sign up for the Feb 5th SNAP 101 training , and the Feb 13th ABAWD Webinar  (free) with MLRI and the Food Bank of Western MA. 

SNAP 200% FPL Gross Income Test Increases by 1.8%: In January of each year, the US Dept of Health and Human Services adjusts the federal poverty level (FPL). The increased FPL impacts the 200% SNAP gross income test (the other SNAP figures change in October). We’ve updated the SNAP the online SNAP calculator, excel spreadsheet and paper calculators HERE.

January 28th SNAP Coalition Boston Meeting AGENDA.  Below is next Tuesday’s Agenda, 10 to Noon at St Francis House, 39 Boylston Street, Boston (6th Floor).  We will be joined by newly appointed DTA Commissioner Amy Kershaw.   Join us! 

January 30th Hunger Free Campus Legislative Briefing at the State House!  Join the Hunger Free Campus Coalition for a powerful morning of information from the HOPE Lab, testimony from students, welcome from House and Senate members of the Jt Committee on Higher Education and MORE.  Starts promptly at 10:30 AM in Room 248.  Sign up for more information HERE.  

SNAP Coalition January 28, 2018


  • Federal updates from FRAC
    • status of fed regs, unreleased /anticipated SNAP regs, 2020 Congress 
  • ABAWD litigation status
  • FY21 State Budget: House 1 and  FY21 Budget Priorities for SNAP Coalition members 
  • Status of “SNAP Gap” pilot 
  • State hunger related bills pending including
    • SNAP Gap/Common Application 
    • Healthy Incentives Program (HIP)
    • Breakfast after Bell
    • School Meal Debt bill  
  • Welcome Commissioner Amy Kershaw/remarks and DTA’s 2020 priorities 

·         SNAP policy issues 

o    ABAWD changes and anticipated implementation (if no court involvement)

o    Supplemental SNAP for changes resulting in $0 income (JFCS); 

o    DTA updates to policy on counting hours of work

o    Treatment of US Census income

o    Reminder re FPL increase in 200% SMA{ Gross Income test 


ANNOUNCEMENTS/ Upcoming Anti-Hunger Events



  • Jan 30th: Hunger Free Campus legislative briefing, State House  
  • Feb 5th: SNAP 101 Training (AM) and Utility Rights Training (PM) – MCLE in Boston
  • Feb 6th: Central MA SNAP Coalition Meeting at Central West Justice Center
  • Feb 11th: SNAP Gap Legislative Briefing and Lobby Day, State House – Save the Date !
  • Feb 13th: MLRI and FBWM’s webinar on the ABAWD 3-month time limit, Register HERE.
  • March 1-3rd : National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference. Register HERE
  • March 19th: HIP Lobby Day, State House, see Save the Date flier below.  
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