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Blog Archive for September 2011

This is a quick reminder that the Food SNAP Coalition is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th, from 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston, 39 Boylston Street, 6th floor. 


The Mass Budget and Policy Center has just released three short fact sheets analyzing the new US Census data. See email below, and go to for the links.  This MA based information may be useful in discussions with your Congressional Delegation and other elected officials.  

The next Food SNAP Coalition meeting is this Tuesday, September 27th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston (39 Boylston Street, 6th Floor).  Here’s a tentative agenda: 

Good news!  On Friday DTA filed a request to USDA for additional time for certain SNAP households to request replacement benefits due to Hurricane Irene. The new deadline is Friday, September 23rd. USDA approved DTA's request today (9/19).
This time extension is limited to SNAP recipients who were residing in Franklin and Berkshire Counties at the time of the Hurricane and who lost fo

The September 15th Boston Globe reports that the town of Wellesley has started using constables to pursue families who allegedly owe money for unpaid school meals: Framingham suspended the process of constables last year after Metro West

Please let MLRI or the Food Bank of Western Mass know if you have any SNAP recipient clients whose lost food (likely frozen or refrigerated food) the end of August/early September as a result of losing power due to Hurricane Irene. The traditional deadline for requesting SNAP help for replacement food due to a misfortune is 10 days from the date of the event (in this case, the date of the power outages resulting from the Hurricane, if more than 4 hours of loss of power).

As kids head back to school, we wanted to share a few important factoids about the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) that may help more families get free and reduced-price school meals. Free/reduced-price meals are available to low income children enrolled in a public, charter, parochial or private school that serve meals and participate in the NSLP. The Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 made some important improvements to the NSLP that will help qualify more children for free and reduced meals.

Many of us had the good fortune to know Kip and/or be inspired by her commitment to justice, anti-poverty and anti-hunger work. The Coalition joins with the Poor People's United Front, Rosie's Place, the Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston Health Care for the Homeless, United for Justice with Peace and so many other organizations she touched in the commitment to "keep her legacy alive by mirroring Kip's courage, focus, compassion and ability to cut to the chase and get things done for the people who need it most." Thank you, Kip!

DTA just released guidance on the process for issuing SNAP replacement benefits due to Hurricane Irene. The guidance identifies the 91 cities and towns for which verification of loss of power or collateral contace of loss is not required.