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Blog Archive for September 2021

Starting October 1, SNAP households will see an increase in their monthly benefits due to USDA’s revision of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP), and at the same time, the 15% SNAP boost will expire. USDA has also updated some of the income deductions in the SNAP math through a "cost of living adjustment" (COLA), also effective Oct 1st.  



Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 28th from 10-11:30 for the regular SNAP Coalition meeting. We will have a robust agenda, including updates from DTA on the increased SNAP benefits (beginning October 1!) and other updates. 

FRAC Sign on letter Child Nutrition (deadline 9/27) & Project Bread Action Alert to MOCs

Sept 28, 2021 11-3 pm Joint Health Care Finance Committee Hearing

Please consider submitting written testimony or testifying in support of these bills. See the attached fact sheets & links for more information.

1.      Two opportunities to regain 3-months retroactive MassHealth coverage for all MassHealth members


Thanks to all of you able to attend the special SNAP Coalition meeting on Tuesday the 14th to welcome USDA’s FNS Deputy Regional Director Lizbeth Silbermann and her team.  

The next SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, September 28th from 10-11:30  AM.  Among other agenda items, DTA will share robust updates including on the October 1 increase to SNAP (and materials on that increase to come from MLRI!) 

We are writing with some follow up items from Tuesday's meeting:

We want to be sure you saw this important statement (below) from Luis Guarda, President of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)  highlighting USDA's recently released 2020 food insecurity data. Please take note of this very troubling data point: 

MLRI is hosting a special SNAP Coalition meeting on Tuesday, September 14th to welcome the new USDA Food and Nutrition Service Deputy Regional Administrator Lizbeth Silbermann and give Coalition members updates on the new Thirty Food Plan changes to SNAP, updated 2020 food insecurity data and more. (We will also hold our "regular" Coalition meeting on Tuesday, 9/28).

9/14 SNAP Coalition Agenda: