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Kip Tiernan Memorial Service - this Saturday, 11 AM

Wed, 09/07/2011 - 10:56am -- FoodSNAP

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!

SNAP Replacement Benefits due to Household Misfortune from Hurricane Irene

Mon, 08/29/2011 - 4:00pm -- FoodSNAP

Due Hurricane Irene, many Massachusetts communities have experienced flooding and/or sustained power outages. Over 500,000 Massachusetts residential consumers were reported still without power early this afternoon - see We understand that Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) are working hard to assess the scope of damage from the Hurricane. Depending on this determination, it is possible that additional SNAP benefits (Supplemental SNAP and Disaster SNAP) may become available.

MLRI'S 2011/12 Basic Public Benefits Training Series - starts September 15th!

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 4:33pm -- FoodSNAP
MLRI is gearing up for its 2011/2012 Basic Benefits Training series !  We are offering a total of 11 sessions starting September 15th through April 4, 2012 including on:
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Emergency Assistance Shelter and Homeless Benefits
  • Cash Assistance (TAFDC and EAEDC)
  • Food Stamps/SNAP
  • Income Max for Wo

ABC News Series on August 24th - Hunger at Home: Crisis in America

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 4:09pm -- FoodSNAP

ABC News kicks off a division-wide series “Hunger at Home: Crisis in America” beginning with a full day of reports Wednesday, August 24 examining the growing number of families in the United States who go hungry. “ABC World News” weekend anchor David Muir, Steve Osunsami, Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, and Deborah Roberts will report on the realities of what life is like for many of American families and will draw attention to the extraordinary Americans already fighting in the battle to end hunger.

TAFDC clothing allowance cut; SNAP Policy Updates

Thu, 08/18/2011 - 1:32pm -- FoodSNAP

1. HUGE cut in TAFDC clothing allowance in September of thousands of TAFDC recipients: Despite a vigorous campaign to prevent the cut, the final FY2012 budget reduces the annual TAFDC clothing allowance from $150/child to $40/child. This is a HUGE drop for needy families whose monthly TAFDC benefits are less than 50% of the federal poverty level. In the next few weeks DTA will be sending out notices advising TAFDC families of the new clothing allowance amount.


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