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Tues Zoom info, P-EBT retailer fliers, story collection, etc.

We hope you have some time this weekend to rest and rejuvenate - thank you for all you are doing! Our Coalition zoom call will be on Tuesday from 10-11:30. Agenda to come. 
 
 
P-EBT fliers for retailers & quick reference flow chart
 
DTA, Project Bread & the Shah Foundation have put together very clear fliers for retailers - for those & other resources, see this section of MAp-EBT.org. Please make sure your local retailers are aware of P-EBT! Reminder that retailers cannot ask to examine or otherwise prevent households from using P-EBT cards - all household members and authorized persons have a right to use the card, just like with SNAP EBT cards. 
 
Also, MLRI has created a basic flow chart on how children in different situations will get P-EBT. We hope this helps answer many of the questions we are getting on P-EBT. 
 
Share stories of SNAP households struggling with food insecurity & call your Member of Congress!
 
Contact Member of Congress: NOW is the time to reach out to members of Congress. Call, email and /or tweet at your Massachusetts Member of Congress (House) today and this weekend! 
 
Urge them to publicly push for SNAP increases (15% boost to max grant + increase in minimum benefit to $30) and suspension of Trump SNAP cuts in the next C-4 package. Ask them to vote down any package that does not include these critical nutrition benefit increases.
 
Share stories: We created an urgent story bank to build momentum to get Congress to include a boost in SNAP benefits in the next COVID-19 package. As Congressman Jim McGovern shared with the SNAP Coalition on Tuesday, stories from individual constituents can be powerful. Please fill out this form with information that can help Members of Congress and the public understand why SNAP is critical and why we need to advocate for a boost in SNAP benefits in the next COVID-19 federal package. We will share with the Delegation and/or connect you to local media outlets willing to cover this issue. 
 
For national context: See this powerful NY Times article on new research on the extent of food insecurity during the pandemic and Republican opposition to boosting SNAP. Among mothers with young children, nearly one-fifth say their children are not getting enough to eat, according to a survey by the Brookings Institution, a rate three times as high as in 2008, during the worst of the Great Recession.  
 
SNAP & public charge - share fliers widely
 
We continue to get many questions about SNAP and public charge and have been hearing about immigrant families who are afraid to get SNAP. Reminder that:
 
1) the vast majority of immigrants who are eligible for SNAP are NOT subject to public charge and
2) getting SNAP on behalf of US Citizen kids or other eligible household members has no impact on public charge. 
 
Please encourage immigrant families to apply and share our SNAP & public charge fliers widely: Click here for flier in EnglishSpanishHaitian CreolePortugueseChinese, and Vietnamese

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