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Blog Archive for September 2020

I’m writing about two sets of upcoming deadlines: 

(1)   Deadlines to apply for the one-time IRS stimulus payments, authorized by the CARES Act, of up to $1200 for eligible adults and $500 per qualified child (also known as the Economic Impact Payment (EIP)): Sept. 30 for just the additional $500/qualifying child; Oct. 15 for eligible people who haven’t received any stimulus payment yet. 


This is a reminder of tomorrow’s SNAP Coalition zoom meeting (9/29) which will start promptly at 10 AM. We have a FULL agenda and will start on time.  

We also want to share some updated information on P-EBT and an important FRAC Webinar.  

P-EBT and NSLP Updates: 

A few resources below and info for Tuesday's SNAP Coalition meeting. 
Need to raise volume to #BoostSNAPnow! 
While the House passed a Continuing Resolution that includes important nutrition provisions on P-EBT and ongoing SNAP flexibilities, it does not do nearly enough - it does not provide a boost in SNAP, does not limit cuts to SNAP via USDA rule changes, does not extend boosted UI benefits, does not provide fiscal relief to states, etc. 
We have two piece of BIG news in P-EBT land:
On September 17th, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) revised its "public charge" guidance for state workers and community organizations, at the behest of the Mass Protecting Immigrant Families (MA PIF) organizations: MLRI, MIRA, HCFA and HLA.  
We just received notice of this problem.  Please keep track of any urgent client issues (e.g. persons cut off, emergency applications not being processed) and report them to the Ombuds Office. 
Note - DTAConnect is still operating. DTA clients can communicate with DTA by writing a note and uploading it to DTA Connect if need be. And BEACON is operational, so SNAP and cash workers are presumably still able to  process cases, but the DTA Assistance Line and Senior Assistance Office (SAO) phone lines are BOTH DOWN
hanks again for a robust turnout to Tuesday’s SNAP Coalition meeting. HUGE thanks to DTA for their work to secure pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for students for September, as well as their ongoing work to provide the SNAP emergency allotment again for September (which will be issued around 10/2). 

TODAY is National Call-In Day to Urge Action for Comprehensive COVID-19 Package Before Congress Adjourns!

We hope you had a relaxing Labor Day weekend and are geared up for the battles ahead, including making sure Congress does not leave town without a robust package to fund extending Unemployment, SNAP boost and state and local aid.  Please join us for Coalition tomorrow.  Here’s some updates. 

#BoostSNAPNow campaign continues:

Thank you all for your social media and calls to the MA Congressional Delegation yesterday. KEEP IT UP!  We are alerting you to some important events today. 

Hunger Action Day today, September 10th

Attached is the Greater Boston Food Bank alert on Hunger Action Day.  All the nation’s food banks are rallying around Hunger Action Month during September.  We urge you to reach out to family, friends and neighbors and urge them to take action THIS WEEK!