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Proposed House Budget to Block Grant and Cut Food Stamps; Food SNAP Coalition Meetings 3/27 & 3/29

TWO Coalition meetings! The next Boston Food SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, March 27th from 10 - 12 at St Francis House in Boston. The Western Mass SNAP Coalition meeting is Thursday, March 29th from 10 - 12 at the Food Bank of Western Mass in Hatfield.
Both meetings will include a discussion of current food stamp/SNAP deliberations before Congress as well as discussions of current SNAP policy updates, application processing, state budget matters, report back on Witness to Hunger event, as well as an update on the school meals direct certification pilot.  Below is an urgent statement from the Food Research Action Center regarding the recently released FY2013 Ryan Budget proposal to block grant SNAP benefits. Ellen Vollinger of FRAC in DC will be in Massachusetts next week and will be joining both the Boston and Western Mass Coalition meetings. This is a terrific opportunity for Coalition members to hear directly from our DC expert on the Congressional deliberations and action steps we need to take in Massachusetts to get our Congressional Delegation to hold firm on protecting SNAP benefits. Please join us for either meeting.