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Tuesday 4/25 SNAP Coalition Meeting; Hunger and College Students and 5/5 BHCC Event; Upcoming SNAP E&T and Outreach Info Sessions

The next Boston SNAP Coalition is Tuesday, April 25th from 10 to Noon in Boston, St Francis House.

The AGENDA will include:

  • Report from "Elder Working Group" progress, including DTA plans for a specialized elder unit and targeted SNAP outreach

  • Governor Baker Announces Council on Older Adults: Exec Order 576: http://www.mass.gov/governor/press-office/press-releases/fy2017/administration-establishes-council-to-address-aging.html

  • Coalition member check: What's happening with client interviews, verification requests and processing? How long is the wait time on the DTA Assistance Line?

  • SNAP Standard Utility Allowance and updated mechanics of "Heat and Eat"

  • SNAP and college students - checking in

  • Immigrants and benefits- what are you hearing in your community

  • FY18 House Budget Deliberations - SNAP Gap, MEFAP, Food Trust, HIP funding and more.

  • Upcoming hearings on state legislation

  • Health Incentives Program (HIP) roll out and community outreach 

  • Announcements !

Hunger among college students:

The issue of growing hunger among college students is getting more attention in research and the news.

The University of Wisconsin HOPE Lab has just issued a powerful report: "Hungry and Homeless in College" See: http://wihopelab.com/publications/hungry-and-homeless-in-college-report.pdf 

On May 5th, Bunker HIll Community College is hosting an important event with Sara Goldrick-Rab, Voices of Hunger on Campus. Space is limited. RSVP today, or contact BHCC next week to see if there is more space.

SNAP and Massachusetts community college students: We just want to remind SNAP Coalition members that most low income community college students in Massachusetts should qualify for SNAP benefits, even if they do not receive work study or work 20 hours a week. Under DTA's SNAP policy, a college student in a certificate or two year associates degree program that is considered a "career or technical education" program or is likely to "lead to employment" qualifies the student for SNAP if otherwise eligible. See MLRI's SNAP for students webpage for more information. And here's the SNAP community college form.  (This is not the same policy for 4 year state schools or private schools). Please be sure to screen your clients for SNAP benefits. 

Quincy College Students: DTA is planning to extend the SNAP community college policy (students in career or tech ed tracks) to Quincy College students as well (Quincy College is a "municipal" 2 year college). If you work with families that include students from Quincy College, please let us know. 

SNAP Outreach and SNAP ET Information Sessions

UMass Medical is hosting a series of presentations the very first week of May.  There are FIVE sessions around the state for your organizations to learn about how your organization may qualify for federal reimbursement if you can provide SNAP outreach (application assistance) or employment and training services to SNAP recipients. The organizations that enroll will be able to participate in SNAP Outreach or SNAP ET starting October 1, 2017 (FFY18)

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