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The following are some important SNAP-related policy updates for your anti-hunger work:

1. SNAP applications filed through the Web Units:
Based on the MLRI legal clinics at St Francis House and Cardinal Medeiros, we have identified a couple of issues that are worth bringing to your attention in case your clients have had these issues:

Massachusetts has gone through a lot in the past two months which are cause for pause, reflection and action.

Kip Tiernan - Hunger Champ Extra-ordinaire:

We have received an invitation for the Mass Food SNAP Coalition to meet with USDA Undersecretary Dr. Janey Thornton on Tuesday, July 19th. The Undersecretary is in Boston on the 19th and very interested in meeting with members of the Massachusetts Food SNAP Coalition. We have scheduled a meeting from 11 AM to 12:15 PM.

Here's two important policy updates that will improve SNAP access for low income clients, especially elder and disabled households. A big thanks to DTA for tackling these issues, both of which had some BEACON systems implications that had to be dealt with.

1. Minimum $16 SNAP benefit for 1 and 2 person households:

This is a reminder that the Boston Food SNAP Coalition will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28th from 10 to 12 AM at St Francis House (39 Boylston Street, 6th Floor, Boston). The AGENDA will include the following:

The action alert below s from the Food Reseach Action Center.  Please make calls TODAY, and early next week !!!
REMINDER, the June Food SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, June 28th, from 10 to Noon.  The first hour is a training by EOHHS Virtual Gateway Staff on the My Accounts Page (how clients can access their SNAP case information on line).

1. EOHHS Virtual Gateway Team to Conduct "My Accounts Page" training at June 28th SNAP Coalition Meeting:

Here is DTA's guidance on supplemental SNAP benefits for disaster victims who live or work in the 12 designated towns. (This is called a D-SNAP supplement).

The D-SNAP supplemental benefits are available to qualifying households who were already receiving SNAP benefits on June 1. The benefit is the difference between the household's regular SNAP benefit and the maximum benefit. Households in Brimfield, Monson and Wilbraham will get the supplement automatically. Others need to apply.

See corrected application date — applications for D-SNAP must be submitted by Friday June 24 (not June 21),

Apologies to those of you who are getting this more than once!

1. SNAP Outreach Grants: USDA has just announced the availability of SNAP Outreach grants, with special focus on seniors and the Hispanic population.