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Update: Early March SNAP issuance, sign on letter for Puerto Rico, ABAWD comment webinar

March SNAP going out a few days early to the majority of households

SNAP is typically issued between the 1st and 14th of the month. DTA is issuing SNAP a few days early to close the gap between the early February issuance and March. DTA will be doing robocalls to all households telling them about what is going on. 
Attached are updated fliers from MLRI, the Food Banks, and Project Bread in English and Spanish. 
This change will affect the majority of households. Some households will get their SNAP on their normal issuance date - for example, if they usually get their SNAP the first couple of days in the month, or if they recently had to do paperwork to keep SNAP. For all households issuance will go back to normal in April. 
DTA has updated their Q & A on their webpage here. Let Vicky Negus know if you have questions. 
Reminder: Register for MLRI webinar on harmful ABAWD proposed rule
MLRI is hosting a webinar on March 4 to explain the impact of this terrible proposed rule, and what you can do to respond! Plus, CBPP will be joining us to give some national perspective and recommendations. 
Comments are due April 2! 
Webinar time: Monday, March 4 from 1-2 PM
Sign on your organization ASAP: Letter to congressional delegation supporting emergency funding for Puerto Rico’s Nutritional Assistance Program (NAP)
Please sign-on your organization to the attached letter and effort to prevent over 1.3 million people from losing some or all their NAP (Puerto Rico's version of SNAP- NAP is not funded the same way SNAP is). In a few weeks, emergency funding for NAP will run dry. We need Congress to extend the disaster funding.  Attached is the letter that we will be sending to our congressional delegation urging them to ask their colleagues in the Senate to join the House in funding Puerto Rico Governor Rosselló’s request so that those still suffering in the aftermath of Hurricanes María and Irma can meet their basic food needs. Please sign on your organization by clicking here to fill out thee sign up form. Many thanks to Central West Justice Center and the Central MA SNAP Coalition for spearheading this effort! 

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