Sept 25th: Boston SNAP Coalition AGENDA, Rally Against Hunger on State House Steps!
Submitted by FoodSNAP on 09/18/2018 - 4:36pm.
Welcome back from your vacations and summer break.
SNAP Coalition Agenda::
The next Boston SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, September 25th from 10 toat St Francis House in Boston (39 Boylston Street, 6th Floor). Here's the draft AGENDA for the meeting:
- Federal SNAP/Farm Bill 2018 Update with our colleagues at FRAC and next steps (including a12:30 PM Hunger Awareness rally at State House steps, below!)
- Update on status of "public charge" proposed rules that could impact low income immigrant households (release of draft rules could be any day now)
- Healthy Incentive Program (HIP) changes in November (moving toward seasonal operation)
- SNAP household misfortune benefits - reminder re SNAP replacement for Merrimack Valley (Andover, Lawrence, No Andover)
- SNAP access for college students - please let us know about any access barriers, problems with getting verification of financial aid, barriers faced by students who are homeless or Mass Rehab participants
- SNAP and older adults: Update on Senior Assistance Office, Medical expenses and public/subsidized housing tenants
- Verifications for SNAP or cash cases - what are you seeing for verification requests
- DTA Assistance Line and interviews: How are application calls and recert interviews going
- School meals update: deadline for schools to publically post in an accessible location their meal charge policies; status of Breakfast after Bell campaign
- Recent changes to TAFDC and EAEDC cash assistance benefits (in FY19 budget) and status of Lift the Cap campaign
- Announcements, upcoming events
Hunger Awareness Rally:
Immediately following the SNAP Coalition meeting, a number of Coalition members are planning to walk up to the State House and gather at the State House Steps (across from the Boston Common, very close to Boylston Street) for a Rally Against Hunger. This rally is being organized as part of the national Hunger Action Month and Feeding America.
The rally is designed to call attention to the ongoing food insecurity in Massachusetts, the importance of federal and state-funded nutrition programs to Massachusetts residents - including SNAP, HIP, child nutrition programs - and to hear from MA residents with lived-experiences of hunger. During the event, Coalition members will also thank both DTA and members of the Massachusetts Legislature for their support and administration of programs like including HIP, closing the SNAP gap for older adults, and the legislative initiatives to boost participation in school breakfast and reduce meal debt. Confirmed speakers include some of the Massachusetts Witnesses to Hunger, DTA Commissioner Jeffrey McCue, Senator Sal DiDomenico and others.
Attendees are asked to bring any signs with messages that raise awareness of hunger and importance of federal and state nutrition programs. If you have a lived experience, or work with individuals who are comfortable attending and sharing their experiences, please let MLRI or Martha Assefa of the Worcester Food Policy Council know. martha@