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Blog Archive for December 2016

Updated SNAP chart for working families - January 2017

For those of you who work with low-wage working households, attached is an updated chart on the impact of the $11 minimum wage on SNAP recipients. This gives you the final SNAP math for working households of 1-4 persons - based on working 20 or 40 hours per week. The chart identifies the monthly SNAP benefit for households in the following scenarios: a) minimal or no shelter costs, b) maximum shelter costs, and c) child care expenses at sample amounts. 

MassHealth Initiatives to Control Costs

Today's Boston Herald released a story this AM highlighting the MA Delegation's plan to fight against cuts and structural changes (block granting) to SNAP. As noted in the story, "This week, the Massachusetts SNAP Coalition and 103 other local groups signed an open letter to Bay State leaders demanding they reject cuts or structural changes to the nation’s federally funded anti-hunger and poverty programs."

The following alert is from our friends at the Greater Boston Food Bank. MEFAP was one of the programs adversely impacted by the Governor's recent "9C" cuts to the current fiscal year budget.  As SNAP Coalition members know, demand on food programs that rely on MEFAP has increased with the implementation of the 3 month SNAP time limit that took effect for thousands of MA residents in April of 2016.  Please make your calls this week!

Thanks

Below is an email sent earlier today to the Ag/Nutrition staff members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation - both House and Senate. We have 103 local, regional and statewide organizations signed on. THANK YOU ! We received a very rapid response and terrific outpouring of support. You are terrific!

Updated DTA Local Office and Regional Contacts:

Thanks to the great advocates at GBLS, we just received updated contact information for the local DTA Office Directors and Assistant Directors (names and direct phone numbers), as well as the Regional Directors who oversee these local offices. This can be a very handy list for trouble shooting cases. However, please DO try the DTA Assistance Line first before calling these folks. /DTAcontacts 

Still time to sign onto "No Cuts" letter to Mass Congressional Delegation! 

This is a brief reminder to SIGN ONTO the Organizational Sign on letter to Congress to protect and defend SNAP and all federal nutrition programs.  To see a copy of the letter, click on letter HERE.

Greetings all. At this past Tuesday's Boston SNAP Coalition meeting, a number of organizations raised the following problems with DTA Commissioner McCue and his staff:

Disappearing SNAP applications:  

Coalition members reported seeing following:

Thanks to a great turn out at yesterday's SNAP Coalition Meeting at St Francis House. We know these are tough and uncertain times, but having a strong community of caring advocates and social services agencies matters, a lot! We deeply appreciate your commitment to continue to protect and defend the programs that serve your low income communities, and to help applaud and support the Mass Congressional Delegation as they go forth to battle for low income Americans in Congress.