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Upcoming SNAP 101 Training 11/12; Join our "Transition Planning" Working Group; FRAC call on 11/5 and VOTE !!

Let us kick off this November 2nd email with the following ACTION STEP:  VOTE!  If you have not voted yet in advance of tomorrow's election, PLEASE VOTE!   
  • If you requested a mail in ballot, returned it but you are not sure the status, you can check the Secretary of State's webpage HERE
  • If you still have your mail in ballot at home - although you can snail mail it through the USPS- we strongly urge you to either bring it to a secure Drop Box or to your Ward/Precinct polling station before 8 PM tomorrow. (Be sure you bring the ballot and BOTH envelopes that you received from your local Elections division) To see what the rules are for hand delivering mail in ballots HERE.  
  • If you show up at your polling location, and are not on the list of registered voters, check the Secretary of State's website HERE for information on what to do. 
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We have a few updates below, including call information for FRAC's network call on Thursday. Most of all, we want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all of you for your vast commitment to ensuring low-income households across the Commonwealth - and the country - can put food on the table. Our work has been tested many times over the past few years - and the past 8 months have certainly underscored that a robust safety net is a necessity if we are to end hunger in this country. In the midst of so much uncertainty, Pat and I wanted to let you know that your steadfast commitment, thoughtfulness, and actions towards ending hunger inspire us every day. Onward we go!
 
Training from the Mass Law Reform Institute: SNAP Benefits during COVID-19
 
Date and time: Thursday, November 12 from 2-3:30 PM 
The SNAP caseload has increased by 15 percent since the start of the pandemic - but we know many are not yet connected to SNAP. Connecting all low-income families who are eligible with DTA benefits is a key way to fight food insecurity and boost the MA economy. Join Pat and Vicky to learn about SNAP and how to connect families to this valuable benefit. This training is geared at community advocates, legal services, the emergency food delivery system, social workers, health care providers, and others who work with low-income households and communities. Recipients and low-income households are welcome as well.
 
MA Anti-Hunger Working Group on “Transition Planning” - tell MLRI if you want to be involved
 
 As each federal election cycle grinds toward the finish line, it is traditional for advocates and stakeholders to identify important issues for the next federal Administration to tackle. We have pulled together a group of advocates and individuals with lived experience to come up with priority recommendations from Massachusetts that are specific to SNAP and anti-hunger programs. We hope to share these priorities with the next federal Administration’s Transition Team once we know the results of tomorrow's election. Note - Transition planning moves FAST.  If you would like to be part of this Working Group, please email Pat Baker - PBaker@mlri.org - and Vicky Negus - vnegus@mlri.org

Rescheduled Basic Benefits SSI/RSDI training 
 
This MCLE training has been rescheduled from the original date of tomorrow, 11/3, to December 2. Click here to learn more and to register. 
 
FRAC Network Zoom Meeting: Post-Election Political Landscape Thurs 11/5 @ 2PM
 
See below eblast from FRAC. We encourage you to tune in!
 

FRAC Network Zoom Meeting: Post-Election Political Landscape
Thursday, November 5, 2020
2:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern

Zoom Information Below

Join FRAC staff and key state anti-hunger advocates for a discussion on the post-election political landscape. It is critical that we meet ASAP as we move into 2021 with a new Congress and possibly a new Administration. We are preparing to have a Congressional leader join us in our election analysis and discussion.

This meeting is intended for FRAC’s network of state and local anti-hunger organizations. Please do not share meeting information on social media.

Zoom Information

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86962441962?pwd=bDNXeEpQY1hpeUgwUnVpUitlcWg4Zz09

Meeting ID: 869 6244 1962
Passcode: FRAC

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        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

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