In addition to the SNAP basics and important updates in SNAP land, you will receive a hot-off-the-press paperback copy of the 2020 SNAP Advocacy Guide (which Vicky or I would also personally autograph for you if you wish!) You can also spend the day in Boston and attend the Utilities Rights MCLE training from 1-4 PM the afternoon of Feb 5th.
In addition, newly appointed DTA Commissioner Amy Kershaw will be joining the Boston SNAP Coalition meeting on Tuesday, January 28th (10-Noon at St Francis House in Boston, 39 Boylston Street). An agenda will be sent out the week of Jan 21st. Feel free to let me know if you have agenda items, please join us to welcome Commissioner Kershaw.
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 individuals often struggle with getting their SNAP applications and recertifications 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 rules impacting certain childless individuals. Special rules also apply to households headed by elders and persons with disability. 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 with an overview of the federal Food Stamp/SNAP program, an update of any changes to SNAP made at the federal and state levels during 2019, 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 most recent edition of the Food Stamp/SNAP Advocacy Guide: An Advocate’s Guide to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Massachusetts.
Dates & Locations Earn up to 5 CLE credits.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
9:30 am–4:30 pm
Tuition (includes written materials)
$35 Legal Services Attorney and Nonlawyer Advocates
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