In follow up to Tuesday’s SNAP Coalition meeting, there are important updates we’d like to share. In terms of a “perfect storm” of challenges, in early August many parts of MA suffered extensive power outages in early August; the $600/week federal pandemic unemployment stopped, and DTA received over 23,000 SNAP applications the first two weeks of August.
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We have important updates on both SNAP replacement benefits and denied SNAP applications due to DTA erroneously counting $600/week federal pandemic unemployment (FPUC). Also below, the SNAP Coalition Agenda and Zoom call in information.
Replacement SNAP benefits. More time to report loss of food SNAP due to Storm Isaias
We are writing to give you some critical updates on public charge, current data on the number of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) cards that remain unpinned, and the school districts that might be able to elect universal free school meal status (Community Eligibility Provision or CEP).
Public Charge Update from the Massachusetts Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) campaign:
Breakfast after the Bell - VICTORY!
We are looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow AM on the SNAP Coalition call but we need you to do something TODAY!
Final push for #BoostSNAPnow in Congress:
Please keep up the drum beat with calls to both Congress and Governor Baker to secure a SNAP boost in the next COVID-19 package. Conversations are going on “behind closed doors” – which kinda hints they might be close to some agreements.