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Upcoming Training, meetings, student resource guide and more!

Here's some important events and resource materials for your anti-hunger work:

Upcoming FS/SNAP Training on 10/13: ABCD and MLRI are hosting a training October 13th on the nuts and bolts of the food stamp/SNAP program. Attached is a flier announcing the event and registration information (through ABCD).

Worcester SNAP Working Group meeting on 10/7: The Worcester SNAP Outreach Working Group is comprised of several mobile SNAP Outreach workers, agency representatives that do SNAP applications, UMass Memorial Hospital, Worcester State University, Project Bread, the Worcester Food Policy Council, and Department of Transitional Assistance. The group discusses ongoing challenges in the field and has focused on strengthening relationships between the DTA and outreach workers/application assistance workers. Agendas generally consist of updates from the mobile workers and DTA and then a focused discussion on a chosen topic such as relationships, technological difficulties, and reducing stigma. The Group generally meets the first Thursday of each month, with the October meeting on 10/7 starting at 1:15 PM. To attend a Worcester SNAP Outreach Working Group meeting, please email Liz Sheehan Castro at hungerfree@worcesterfoodpolicy.org. Or call 508-757-5631 ext. 304.

Boston SNAP Coalition monthly meeting on 9/28. The Food SNAP Coalition's next meeting is Tuedsay, 9/28 from 10 - Noon at St Francis House in Boston 39 Boylston Street. An agenda will go out shortly.

Guide for Low Income Students: MLRI and the Crittenton Women's Union are pleased to announce the release of a new guide for students. "Beyond Financial Aid: 2010 guide to extra help for low-income adult students." This booklet provides a comprehensive review of family supports that may be available to low-income adult students attending college or in vocational training programs. It includes information about factors to consider before enrolling in school or taking out a loan. It also includes information about benefit programs that you may be eligible for while a student, such as Food Stamps/ SNAP, TAFDC, Health Insurance, Child Care, unemployment Insurance and Subsidized Housing. It also includes information on Tax Benefits while a student. Kudos to Deborah Harris and Ruth Liberman for this excellent and timely guide. The booklet is available at: http://www.liveworkthrive.org/site/docs/CWU_Beyond_Financial_Aid_Booklet_2010.pdf A limited number of copies will be provided at the 9/28 Coalition.

Child Health Watch Report, Earning More, Receiving Less: Loss of Benefits and Child Hunger. New research from Children's HealthWatch shows that increases in income that trigger loss of public assistance benefits can leave young children without enough food to eat. Families that have been cut off from SNAP or TANF when their income exceeds eligibility limits are more likely to experience levels of food insecurity that require reducing the size or frequency of children's meals compared with those currently receiving benefits. Previous research has demonstrated that both SNAP and TANF reduce the likelihood of food insecurity. Income eligibility guidelines should be re-examined to ensure that a modest increase in income does not disqulaify a family from the benefits they need to keep their children healthy and well-fed. Families that successfully increase their earnings should not find themselves worse off due to a resulting loss of benefits. A copy of the report is available at: http://www.childrenshealthwatch.org/upload/resource/cliffeffect_brief_sept10.pdf Big thanks for this very important information to Coalition member Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba and her colleagues!
 

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