SNAP/Food Stamps Advocacy 101
The federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps) remains the first line of defense against hunger for thousands of Massachusetts residents.
Families and indivduals often struggle with getting their SNAP applications and recertificatiions approved. Collecting all the required proofs, and having the required phone interview, can be overwhelming for an unrepresented household. Some of the most challenging cases involve the rules for immigrant-headed households as well as the reules imoacting certain childless individuals. Special reules also apply to households headed by elders and persons with disabilities.
This SNAP 101 training is designed for participants who need the basic rules and advocacy tips including new legal services and community advocates, lawyers in private practice, and social and health services workers.
It begins ith an overview of the federal Food Stamp/SNAP program, an update of any changes to SNAP made at the federal and state levels during 2018, and an in-depth look at the nuts and bolts of SNAP eligibility, benefits calculation, on-line tools, trouble shooting, and appeal rights.
Training materials include the 2019 Food Stamp/SNAP Advocacy Guide: An Advocate's Guide to the Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutirion Assistance Program in Massachusetts.
For more information or to register, go to MCLE's website, www.mcle.org. Note: When registering on MCLE website, be sure to select your program fee "Category" in the drop down menu. Click "Update" for adjusted course fee.