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Take Action: SIGN ON Letters to MA House Leadership re SNAP Gap & Congress re SNAP/Food in next COVID-19 pkg

We’re writing to share additional data on the SNAP caseload and growing food insecurity in the state, and give you two ACTION Steps as we fight to maximize access to SNAP and expand funding for all nutrition dollars as the Pandemic and growing Recession continues. The data below reinforces the growing need for food resources throughout the Commonwealth, well documented in the powerful Greater Boston Food Bank infographic HERE

  • MA food insecurity has increased by 53%: 1 in 7 for the total population, 1 in 5 children. 
  • For MA children, food insecurity is projected to increase 81% this year (2nd highest nationally after ND).
  • Greater Boston Food Bank distributed 8.1Mlbs of food in March, 9.5lbs in April - previous high in its 40-year history was 5.7libs.
  • U.S. grocery prices rose 2.6% in April 2020, the biggest 1-month increase since 1974, with MA also already the highest ‘cost per meal’ in the country.

And SNAP enrollment is growing throughout MA while unemployment surges. See the SNAP Tableau Map created by Leran Minc of Project Bread, tracking the growth in SNAP in cities and towns in MA, based on DTA zip code data. 

ACTION STEP:  Sign-on Letter to Thank MA House leadership for SNAP Gap/Common App in IT Bond Bill  

On May 20th, the Massachusetts House adopted the IT Bond Bill, H.4733, which includes $5M funding for the state to move forward on creating a “common application” to allow MassHealth and Medicare Savings Program recipients to initiate a SNAP application as the same time.  The Bond Bill now moves onto the Senate. HUGE thanks to Rep Jay Livingstone for filing the amendment that was adopted by the House leadership.  See Beacon Hill Times 5/28/2020 article covering this issue.   

Please add your organization to a thank you letter to Speaker DeLeo, Ways and Means Chair Michelwitz, Reps Cabral and Livingstone.  See Google Doc HERE. The letter also urges the House to pass House 1173 to amend the state law to ensure the Baker Administration actually implements a common application option. Deadline is Wednesday, June 3rd by 5 PM.  Note, this letter is for organizations only.  If you do social media, use #CloseMASNAPGap and #Tech4Food

ACTION STEP:  Sign-on Letter to Congress/ White House on SNAP/Nutrition Funding in next COVID-19 Package  

Urge U.S. Congress and the White House to immediately boost Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and make investments in other critical nutrition programs with proven health and economic impacts.  See FRAC’s eblast re the sign-on letter, below – Deadline is June 9th.  Note, this letter is for organizations only. 

 

Please also share real story examples (client names/addresses not needed) with Senators Markey, Warren and your House Member about why SNAP needs to be boosted and why the Trump Admin proposed SNAP cuts dropped.  Members often use constituent examples in floor statements and media statements.

 

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From: Food Research & Action Center <nsmall@frac.org>
Date: Thu, May 28, 2020 at 11:36 AM
Subject: Take Action: Sign and Circulate SNAP Support Letter
To: Victoria Negus <vnegus@mlri.org>
 
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Take Action: Sign and Circulate SNAP Support Letter to Senate Leaders/White House

Join Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), Feeding America, Center for American Progress (CAP), and other national, state, and community-based organizations across the country in signing a letter urging Congress and the White House to immediately boost Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and make investments in other critical nutrition programs with proven health and economic impacts.

Sign On Here by COB Wednesday, June 10
Note: this letter is for organizations only.

After you sign, we urge you to circulate this letter. Senate leadership and the Administration need to hear the urgency of increasing SNAP benefits — and they need to hear it from every corner of the country. We have no time to lose.

COVID-19 has exacerbated already too high levels of food insecurity in America. SNAP is a proven program that alleviates food insecurity while also stimulating the economy. Congress and the White House must take action to limit the depth and duration of this health and economic crisis by providing a 15 percent boost in the SNAP maximum benefit, an increase in the minimum SNAP monthly benefit from $16 to $30, and a suspension of SNAP time limits and rules changes that would cut SNAP eligibility and benefits.

Additional investments must be made to other nutrition programs, including Pandemic EBT, CACFP, WIC, older adult nutrition programs, and the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

Thank you for your continued efforts to protect and strengthen the nation’s nutrition safety net.

  

About Us

FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty-related hunger and undernutrition in the United States. Visit our Web site (www.frac.org) to learn more. 

Contact Us

Food Research & Action Center
1200 18th Street, NW Suite 400
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
(202) 986-2200
nsmall@frac.org

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