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ALERT: Are SNAP households getting “blue letters” instead of SNAP benefits?

Thu, 03/31/2011 - 4:34pm -- FoodSNAP

At Tuesday's Food SNAP Coalition meeting we discussed the growing problem of DTA delays in processing SNAP recertifications. Please let us know ASAP if you have any clients who receive a “blue letter” from DTA instead of SNAP benefits even though the household sent in a SNAP recertification form before the end of their certification period. Please also let us know about any clients who may not have received a "blue letter" but discover no benefits on their EBT card, even though they timley sent in a SNAP recert form.

Agenda for 3/29 Coalition meeting; updates on federal and state SNAP policy

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 5:24pm -- FoodSNAP

The NEXT Coalition meeting is Tuesday, March 29th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House. We will be joined at the meeting by the newly appointed FNS New England Regional SNAP Director, Bonnie Brathwaite. Bonnie has been the SNAP Deputy Director at NERO for three years before this appointment, and has worked on a range of USDA anti-hunger programs over the years. It will be terrific to have her join in the discussion and hear from Coalition members.

A preliminary Coalition agenda includes:

Growth in food/fuel prices, food access worries, MA FS/SNAP caseload

Fri, 03/18/2011 - 1:09pm -- FoodSNAP

With all that is going on locally, statewide, nationally - it is hard to keep track of the information on FS/SNAP and anti-hunger programs. Next week, many members of Congress will be back in their districts for Congressional Recess - and hopefully available to meet with constituents about top priorities for programs to protect as they move forward through a difficult year.

FS/SNAP Policy Updates: SNAP Recert Delays, GI benefits, New "Agency ID"

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 3:02pm -- FoodSNAP

1. FS SNAP Recertification Delays: DTA issued guidance that effective March 1st BEACON will automatically close Food Stamp/SNAP cases due for recertification that DTA cannot process on time - even if the household submitted its recertification form on time and did everything else it was requested to do. Here’s the DTA Operations Memo instructing staff on the auto closure policy:

Wednesday, 3/1 from 12-3: Homelessness Safety Net Lobby Day, State House Rm A-1

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 1:39pm -- FoodSNAP

In follow up to this AM's Food SNAP Coalition meeting, below and attached is the announcement of the Homelessness Safety Net Lobby Day from the Family Economic Initiative:


Homelessness Safety Net Lobby Day

Wednesday, March 2, from 12-3, State House, Room A-1


Under Governor Patrick's proposed budget for FY 2012, over 60% of homeless children and their parents with no other safe place to stay would be denied access to emergency shelter through the state's Emergency Assistance (EA) program.

March 1st FS Coalition Meeting; State Budget Hearings; Dorchester FS/SNAP News

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:00am -- FoodSNAP

NEXT meeting of the Food SNAP Coalition: Tuesday March 1st  from 10 to noon.  This will count for the February Coalition meeting. We scheduled it for March 1st  because next week is school vacation week, presenting a conflict for many Coalition members. The Coalition meeting will be at ABCD, 178 Tremont Street, 3rd Floor in Boston.  The regular March meeting will be the last Tuesday in March - March 29th. An agenda will go out under separate email.

Upcoming Trainings: Elder Benefits; Immigrant Benefits

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 12:00am -- FoodSNAP

MLRI and Mass Continuing Legal Education are hosting TWO trainings on benefits in March (these are the final trainings in the BBT series):

March 1st (Tuesday) training on Elder Benefit Programs:

To Register:

March 22nd (Tuesday) on Immigrant and Benefits:

NYT reports Framingham sending constables to collect upaid school meals

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 12:00am -- FoodSNAP
Yesterday's NY Times included a distressing article about parents falling behind in paying for school lunches, and schools having to act like collections agencies because otherwise they have to cut school budgets elsewhere. Apparently the Framingham school district is sending constables to parents' homes with letters from the school asking for their money !!


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