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Upcoming SNAP Info Sessions in January 2018 on ABAWDs & SNAP Enrollment SNAP/ET; GBFB SNAP job opening!


The ABAWD-3 month time limit may be coming to your community:  Info Sessions!

DTA is hosting three info sessions in January for the parts of Massachusetts that are losing their geographic waiver from the 3-month time limit. Individuals who are unemployed/underemployed but considered "able-bodied without children" may receive only 3-months of SNAP in a 3 month period.  The areas in the state that are newly subject to this 3-month time limit include a number of cities and towns in Western MA, Cape Ann, Merrimack Valley, Cape Cod and parts of the South shore. The federal 3 month time limit is an extremely confusing rule to understand and explain to clients, but many individuals may meet an exemption, or be able to comply if they find part-time work, employment and training programs or volunteer options. 

If you live in these areas, here are THREE sessions (from 10-Noon) you can attend:

  • Monday, January 8th at the Fitchburg DTA Office 
  • Tuesay, January 9th at the Pittsfield DTA office
  • Friday, January 12th in Gloucester at Action Inc. 

A DTA flier with the location and registration details is attached. 

Info sessions for organizations who may qualify for reimbursement for SNAP application assistance or employment/training services:

If your non-profit organization helps clients with SNAP applications and renewals, you may be able to join the Massachusetts SNAP Outreach Plan.14 Councils on Aging have already joined, and will qualify for up to 50% federal reimbursement of the costs to provide application assistance. DTA and UMass Medical are hoping more organizations will join.  In addition, if your program offers education or training services to low-income SNAP households, your program may also qualify for federal reimbursement for your services.  UMass Medical can help you understand how both these programs work to better serve your community.

UMass Medical is hosting FOUR information sessions in January - 2 for SNAP Outreach and 2 for SNAP ET:

  • Wednesday, January 10th in Shrewsbury
  • Tuesday, January 30th in Boston

A UMass flier with information on all these sessions and registration is attached. 

SNAP 101 Advocacy Basics:  

And if you just want to learn the nitty gritty about the SNAP program, MLRI is hosting its annual SNAP 101 Basic Benefits Training on Thursday, January 25th. To register: 


This training covers the details of who is eligible, what a "household" is, how benefits are calculated, how to boost benefits, basic appeal rights and more.  You will also receive the 2018 SNAP Advocacy Guide!

GBFB Posting for part-time associate to assist with SNAP Applications:

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is seeking an individual able to help individuals enroll in SNAP and work with their Nutrition team. This is a perfect job if you are able to work part time with great colleagues at the Food Bank.  The job description can be found on GBFB’s careers page here:

And don't forget, as flagged in an earlier eblast, Project Bread is looking for a bilingual SNAP enrollment coordinator to join their team.  Check them out if looking for a full-time SNAP enrollment job in another great organization.  Here's the job description on the Project Bread career page:


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