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SNAP Updates including Hunger Action Day and Virtual Town Hall TODAY, 3 PM with Congressman McGovern

Thank you all for your social media and calls to the MA Congressional Delegation yesterday. KEEP IT UP!  We are alerting you to some important events today. 

Hunger Action Day today, September 10th

Attached is the Greater Boston Food Bank alert on Hunger Action Day.  All the nation’s food banks are rallying around Hunger Action Month during September.  We urge you to reach out to family, friends and neighbors and urge them to take action THIS WEEK!

·         See WCVB and Greater Boston Food Bank  youtube ad on Hunger Action Day

·         See Frontline documentary now available for streaming on childhood poverty and food insecurity, Growing Up Poor in America

Food Security Town Hall today at 3:00 TODAY with Congressman McGovern and Central MA Electeds – Registration still open!

Gina Plata-Nino of Central West Justice Center is inviting the SNAP Coalition to register for today’s Central MA Virtual Town Hall with Congressman McGovern, Representative LeBoeuf, and Worcester City Councilor Dr. Sarai Rivera, Thursday Sept 10 3-4pm.  The panel will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted food insecurity in Worcester and among community programs, as well as discuss efforts that have emerged, ongoing gaps and needs moving forward. In addition to registering, below you can also find links to submit questions to the panel, the link to register as well as additional information at the Facebook event. 

·         Survey link to submit panel questions: https://forms.gle/okTxgAoUnbdPgbqD7

·         Registration link: https://forms.gle/dFXD7E6rd7ZLenDEA

·         Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2640070032900280

The Roller Coaster of SNAP in Massachusetts before and during COVID

MLRI's chart of SNAP households in MA during COVID-19 shows that not just a staggering amount of need over the past few months - but the impact economic uncertainty has on hunger. As soon as families lost the $600/week boost in unemployment, the SNAP caseload spiked at a rate meeting or exceeding March/April.

 

Greater Boston Legal Services chart on federal and state Unemployment Compensation

Having a hard time keeping track of the federal and state unemployment benefits, duration, conditions?  We are too!  Tnx to GBLS for keeping it all straight in the attached chart.  And remember, Lost Wage Assistance (LWA) is not countable as income for SNAP. 

DTA Summary of SNAP and Cash Assistance Data and Policies for September 2020

We also wanted to share with you the attached update which DTA prepared for the  Boston DTA Advisory Board. The update gives an excellent quick summary of SNAP and cash applications, the status of SNAP interviews, interim reports, TAFDC clothing allowance issuance, replacement benefits from Hurricane Laura and more. TY for DTA for this helpful update.  

 

NEXT SNAP Coalition meeting:  Tuesday, September 15th. 


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