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51 Mass Organizations OPPOSE Federal SNAP Cuts and Blockgrant! Sign-on deadline May 25th

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 3:55pm -- FoodSNAP

Fifty-one (51) Massachusetts organizations have currently signed onto the national coalition letter in opposition to funding cuts and block granting of SNAP.  THANK YOU MASSACHUSETTS !!!   Below is a list of the 51 Massachusetts organizations. Follow these FRAC links for the letter text, updates on groups on already, sign on information, and backgroundon the FY 2012 Budget.

Expedited benefits and SNAP web application

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 1:19pm -- FoodSNAP

DTA recently instituted some important changes in the Virtual Gateway SNAP application. The SNAP web application now asks all three screening questions for “expedited” benefits and flags the case for follow-up by the Web Units when an applicant indicates that he or she falls into one of the expedited SNAP benefit categories. The expedited eligibility questions have been on the paper SNAP applications all along, and expedited screening is done for individuals who walk into local DTA offices. The web application, however, lacked these questions in the past few years.

Budget Update: Senate Gears up on State Budget - May 18th

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 2:31pm -- FoodSNAP

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means is planning to release its proposed FY2012 state budget on May 18th in anticipation of debate starting May 25th. According to the State House News Service, the Senate will "take up its version of the House's $30.5 billion fiscal 2012 budget on Wednesday, May 25. Amendments to the Senate budget must be filed by Friday, May 20, at noon.... The budget will be the first for new Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sen.

Federal Budget Anti-Hunger Fight: Please join 27 Mass organizations on sign on!

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 4:45pm -- FoodSNAP

Massachusetts is expected to lose over $2 billion in federal food stamp/SNAP benefits during the next 10 fiscal years if proposals before Congress to "block grant" the SNAP program prevail. Currently more than 800,000 Massachusetts residents (children, seniors, parents, persons with disabilities) receive SNAP benefits, comprising 440,000 SNAP households. The value of SNAP benefits received in Massachusetts exceeds $100M per month – more than $1.2B a year.

Upcoming State Budget Events; Boston SNAP Web Unit Contacts

Tue, 05/03/2011 - 2:55pm -- FoodSNAP

State Budget update: At the last Food SNAP Coalition, members we briefed on federal and state budget issues. On the good news front, state FY2012 budget amendments that would have imposed onerous verification requirements on U.S. citizen and immigrant households were defeated in last week's House floor debate, as were two other anti-immigrant amendments.

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