WH Conference happening NOW; Resource links from SNAP Coalition; FRAC Survey on Free School Meals


Just a reminder that you can tune into the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health this AM, which starts NOW - 9:30 AM.  Here’s the White House live stream link: https://www.youtube.com/WhiteHouse  And here are the White House Strategy Document, which includes recommendations that were released yesterday: 


We are thrilled that Gina Plata-Nino is representing MLRI at today’s conference, here’s our blog post. In May and June, Gina coordinated a number of Massachusetts WH Conference listening sessions to inform the WH agenda, including a listening session - with our colleagues from Equitable Spaces - for MA residents with lived expertise and attended by MA Congressman Jim McGovern!  And you can tune into the Greater Boston Food Banks WH Conference debrief - virtual event tomorrow, 1 PM by clicking here.  


And see info BELOW, FRAC survey, What Has Free School Meals for All Meant for You? This will help build momentum for national universal school meals!


Follow up links from yesterday’s SNAP Coalition meeting. 


We appreciate the robust turnout at yesterday’s Coalition meeting (98 attendees, WOW!). It was an excellent meeting and we were thrilled to celebrate the new SNAP policy changes announced by DTA. Below are the links that folks provided during the Coalition meeting yesterday AM:

  • Emergency Allotment Cliff data: From our friends at Mass Councils on Aging and DTA, click here for the estimated hunger cliff numbers of single older adults by city and town (data useful to understand impact when the Emergency Allotments end) 

  • DTA’s list of Client Assistance Coordinators: 

  • Medical expenses: DTA’s Online Guide Transmittal 2022-49 announcing the new SNAP medical costs self-declaration policy and here is the direct link to the OLG medical expense self-declaration guidance.

  • Employment and Training services:

    • DTA’s SNAP Employment and Training programs go here: SNAPPathToWork.org/clients   Remember, households participating in a SNAP E&T program can access free child care, a relatively new change from DTA. 

    • Information about the Mass Hire career centers here: Mass.gov/masshire-career-centers


From: Food Research & Action Center <shayward@frac.org>
Date: Tue, Sep 27, 2022 at 9:30 AM
Subject: What Has Free School Meals for All Meant for You?

We Want to Hear Your Stories –
What Has Free School Meals for All Meant for You?

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) is working hard to achieve Healthy School Meals for All throughout the country. We have seen the impact of Healthy School Meals for All during the last two school years, when all schools could provide free meals to all students.

Some states and school districts are continuing to offer free meals to all students this school year; however, most schools have returned to the pre-pandemic approach where, based on family income, some kids get free meals, some are charged a reduced-price, and others pay for their meals.

We want to hear from you! Use our form below to share how free school meals in the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 school year helped your family. If your school no longer offers free meals to all students, please share how it is impacting you. It can be a sentence, it can be a paragraph—we just want to hear from you.

Share Your Story!

Together, we can make sure lawmakers know how important this provision is to helping keep children fed and supporting families.

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