P-EBT, DTA & food insecurity data, MLRI/GBLS training, Memorial Day messaging
P-EBT update - notices/cards were mailed to kids who don't get DTA benefits
- MA food insecurity has increased by 53%, 1 in 7 for the total population and 1 in 5 children
- For MA children, food insecurity is projected to increase 81% this year - the 2nd highest rate nationally after North Dakota
- GBFB distributed 8.1 million pounds of food in March and 9.5 in April - the previous high in its 40-year history was 5.7 million
- U.S. grocery prices rose 2.6% in April 2020, the biggest one month increase since 1974. MA already had the highest ‘cost per meal’ in the country
Date and time: Monday, June 1 from 10:30 - Noon. Please register by completing this google form. After registering, you will get the Zoom information.
This training is geared at community advocates, legal services, the emergency food delivery system, social workers, health care providers, and others who work with low-income households and communities. Recipients and low-income households are welcome as well. We plan to cover the following topics and have time for a robust Q&A:
- How to apply and basics of eligibility for SNAP, TAFDC, and EAEDC - with focus on process during COVID-19
- Policies for those currently on benefits, including what to do if unemployment benefits begins
- EBT cards - how to get, how to use, and household rights
- Access for special populations - disability, Domestic Violence, Limited English Proficient
- SNAP & immigrant families: basics of eligibility rules & public charge
- Emergency supplemental SNAP during COVID-19
- P-EBT for children eligible for free/reduced price school meals
- 63%, on average, of callers to the Assistance Line who were trying to reach a worker were disconnected due to high call volume.
- DTA got 198,508 more calls during the day in April 2020 than it did in April 2019 (a 156% increase)
- DTA got 50,353 more applications in April than it did in February.