We have a number of updates for you all! Our next Coalition meeting will be Tuesday 4/26 at 10 AM.
Pandemic EBT for school kids - first payments go out on 5/25
USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service approved DTA’s plan to issue Pandemic EBT for the 2021-2022 school year! This will cover school kids who are eligible for free or reduced price meals who missed school due to COVID related reasons.
The first P-EBT payment to eligible kids will be on May 25th. Payment amounts will depend on how many days the child missed.
For this summer, all kids eligible for free/reduced price meals will get Summer PEBT (more info to come on this in the months ahead).
March DTA Advisory Board Updates
Attached are the March 2022 DTA updates to advisory boards, including PEBT and other news.
Immigrants and SNAP: USDA materials and Wednesday National Town Hall event!
Public charge materials: USDA and USCIS have translated their important public charge letter into Spanish - encouraging families to apply for SNAP: The link for the Spanish/Español version is on the top right of the page. Click here to view.
Wednesday, 4/6 Virtual Town Hall Event: Demystifying SNAP: Breaking Down Barriers to Increase Food Access in the Latino Community. Join No Kid Hungry and UnidosUS, the nation's largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, for a virtual town hall on April 6 at 12:00pm – 12:30pm ET to announce a new partnership to help increase food security in the Latino community. The webinar will explore barriers and solutions to addressing the SNAP participation gap among eligible families, including a new multi-market campaign to provide Latino families with culturally and linguistically responsive information about SNAP. You can register HERE.
Welcome Catalina López-Ospina to Project Bread!
We are thrilled to welcome Catalina to Project Bread. Formerly with the City of Boston Food Access Department, Project Bread has struck gold! From their announcement, “Project Bread officially launched a new Community Engagement department and we have named Catalina López-Ospina as its inaugural Vice President. People struggling without enough to eat are often left out of the process to build solutions to end hunger. We know that in order to achieve our vision of permanently solving hunger here in Massachusetts, we must ensure food access solutions work for all. This department will be uniquely dedicated to engaging individuals and families facing food insecurity in conversations and bringing their experience to shape the resources and policies that directly impact them”. MLRI and the SNAP Coalition are thrilled to have you on Project Bread’s statewide team.
Updated MLRI SNAP At-A-Glance charts
In light of the recent increase to the Standard Utility Allowance, we have updated our At-A-Glance SNAP charts for unemployed workers, older adults/persons with disabilities, and working families. Click here to view the updated resources. With many thanks to Lilydahn Stewart, our fantastic AmeriCorps working with the MLRI benefits team!