Thanks to all of you who were able to attend the public hearing at the State House in support of Lift the Kids campaign, and the great testimony on the legislation addressing cliff effects, creating a diaper bank and other important legislation. The State House was jam packed with anti-poverty advocates. THANK YOU! We are writing on three items:
- Public hearing on Community College Campus Hunger Pilot Program, Tuesday AM July 23rd
There is a hearing before the Joint Committee on Higher Education this coming Tuesday from 10:30 AM to 1 PM on 36 separate bills, including House Bill 1233 and Senate Bill 757, An Act establishing a community college campus hunger pilot program. The hearing will be in Room A-1 at the State House. Again, details on all bills and links to language on each bill is HERE.
Offered by Senator Joanne Lovely and Rep Joan Meschino, HB 1233 and SB 757 will allow the Department of Higher Education (DHE) to basically set up a trust fund to receive either state or private funds to then distribute to community colleges for meal cards, meal vouchers, etc. Attached is a fact sheet prepared by their offices. Note, this legislation does NOT create any state funding; that will need to happen through the State budget process. This legislation is a good first step and will help draw more attention to this issue, especially at the community college level. See powerful opinion piece of 7/7/19 by Bunker Hill CC President Pam Eddinger in Commonwealth Magazine. We hope to draw more attention to the issue of food insecurity in both 2 and 4 year colleges in the fall, as well as support legislation pending in Congress!
MLRI and Central West Justice Center have drafted an organizational sign on letter of support (attached). Please fill out this google form if you wish to add your organization to the letter. Deadline is Monday, June 22nd by 4 PM. Please also send your agency logo if we do not have it already (via SNAP Gap campaign).
- Boston SNAP Coalition meeting also on July 23rd
YES, the July SNAP Coalition meeting at St Francis House will proceed! Even though the Jt Committee on Higher Education is holding a hearing, the Boston SNAP Coalition will meet as usual from 10 to Noon, 39 Boylston Street, Boston. Some of us will then head directly up to the State House to deliver the organizational letter of support to the Higher Ed Committee. Other folks may go earlier to try to testify. An AGENDA will go out on Monday.
- CBPP Videos re impact of the 3 month SNAP time limit:
These are amazing videos from our friends at CBPP and Prebble Street in Maine documenting the impact of the 3 month time limit on vulnerable individuals. Please check them out, tweet them out. We remain worried about the Trump Administration’s efforts to go ahead with implementation of the proposed SNAP ABAWD regs stripping states of the flexibility to waive high unemployment areas or use the special bucket of “15% waiver months” to address specific needs. We will keep you posted as we hear movement on that front.