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Blog Archive for September 2017

Greetings. Inspired by the California Association of Food Banks, we are organizing a 40th Birthday Party for SNAP in Massachusetts!  The Food Stamp Act of 1977 was signed into law on September 29,1977. Indeed, our Senator Ed Markey was Congressman Markey at the time and voted for the Act!  (He will be doing social media that day too!)

We are writing to give you some important SNAP updates and a reminder about the September 26th SNAP Coalition meeting.

September Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting:  

Tuesday, September 26th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House.  The draft AGENDA will include:

Senate Republicans are trying again to garner 50 votes to repeal & replace the Affordable Care Act.  The threat is real.  What can we do here in Massachusetts where both our US Senators and our Governor already oppose the latest effort to repeal & replace the ACA? Time again to call our friends & family in key states to weigh in with their Senators or Governors this time asking them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Our friends at Health Care for All lay it all out here:

DTA will be sending out notices starting September 24th advising SNAP households of the impact of a "cost of living adjustment" (COLA) on their monthly SNAP benefits. The COLA is a federal SNAP policy and impacts every state in the nation. As we noted in an early COLA eblast, there are both winners and losers. Those who will get a SNAP reduction are likely SNAP households receiving the maximum SNAP benefit and those with the minimum $16 SNAP benefit. Attached is MLRI's SNAP worksheet for 10/1/17 and we will have the SNAP online calculator updated as well on 10/1/ 17. 

Local, state and national anti-hunger advocates are dialing it up! Thank you all for your tremendous advocacy during Hunger Awareness Month.  Keep it up.

We want to share with you some excellent advocacy and powerful tools you can use to communicate with local, state and federal elected officials and the media about the importance of SNAP:

Important update for DTA clients concerned about security (including DV survivors and victims of identity theft):

What has DTA done in the past for clients worried about security?

DTA case information is confidential. DTA cannot release any case information to a 3rd party unless they have permission to do so from the DTA client. However, in some situations a DTA client may be concerned about an abuser or identity thief getting access to their confidential case information--including their new address or phone number.

MLRI's annual Basic Public Benefits Advocacy Training Series 

We wanted to give you a few SNAP updates post Labor Day including the upcoming SNAP COLA changes, the good news on the Healthy Incentives Program expansion and DTA's new initiative with the Mass Cultural Council. And, please don't forget about DTA's excellent guidance for helping TX and LA families and individuals who end up in MA due to Hurricane Harvey. Let us know if you need help with newly arriving households.

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities released its updated fact sheets highlighting how SNAP impacts low wage workers in the United States and in each and every state. See the Center's Septebmer 1, 2017 blog post - Attached are:

  • CBPP's fact sheet on Massachusetts working families, PDF download. 

  • MLRI's quick reference chart on SNAP benefits for full and part time working families. 

We wanted to alert you to the stellar actions of DTA to prepare for residents from Texas and Louisiana fleeing to Massachusetts due to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.