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Local School District Grant Opportunity – Up to $10,000/school to launch After the Bell, Breakfast in the Classroom for Massachusetts Schools

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:12pm -- FoodSNAP

Below is an announcement on funding for local school districts in high poverty areas.  Please circulate to your local school districts.  

See also contacts in Taunton, Chicopee and Salem who can advise your local schools as well.

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Subject: Grant Opportunity: Up to $10,000/school to launch After the Bell, Breakfast in the Classroom

McGovern Responds to GOP Report on SNAP; Great SNAP Data and Chart Book; SNAP 101 Trainings and MORE !

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:01am -- FoodSNAP

Happy Day after Valentines Day!  We still love you and all the work you do to protect and defend SNAP! Keep it up! Here's some important updates.

1. SNAP Coalition Meeting and SNAP 101 Training updates:

  • The NEXT Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting is Tuesday, February 28th in Boston (10-Noon) at St Francis House. An agenda will go out soon, which includes an update on the SNAP Gap campaign!

Monday Weather - Delayed Opening for DTA local offices

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:11am -- FoodSNAP

See email below from DTA Central re late opening for both local DTA offices and DTA Assistance Line (which has an audio greeting rre same).

And remember - SNAP Households may also be eligible for SNAP replacement benefits if they lost food as a result of power outages due to this week's or last week's storm.

Information and DTA forms to request replacement can be found here:

SNAP Replacement Benefits Due to Household Misfortune from Feb. 9th Winter Storm Niko - 4, 000 power outages in MA

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:15am -- FoodSNAP

We want to remind you that SNAP households who suffered loss of power triggering loss of food (refrigeration etc) may be eligible for SNAP replacement benefits for the value of food lost that was purchased with SNAP. 

According area news, Winter Storm Niko caused 4,000 power outages in Eastern and Southern MA - some lasting many hours. 

Federal poverty level increase & updated medical expense "sweet spot" chart

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 4:06pm -- FoodSNAP

Increase in 200% Federal Poverty Level gives small boost to SNAP gross income test 

The federal Department of Health and Human Services recently announced an increase in the federal poverty level (FPL), effective 1/31/17. For SNAP purposes, this only impacts the 200% FPL gross income test. The 130% FPL, 100% FPL and maximum SNAP benefit levels have NOT changed (these are adjusted October 1st).

Update- SNAP Wage Match lawsuit settlement - 2nd round of retro SNAP and notice to 8, 000 households!

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 11:11am -- FoodSNAP

Update on SNAP wage match lawsuite settlement

We last sent an eblast about the wage match lawsuit settlement in early January. The settlement includes retroactive relief- back benefits - for about 17,000 to 24,000 households that lost SNAP in 2014 or 2015 due to a wage match. For more information go to:

Fwd: ConnectorCare Special Enrollment Period from February 1 – February 28

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 5:46pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

Jan. 31 is the last day of "Open Enrollment"--the deadline for people to sign up for individual insurance (ObamaCare) or switch plans.  At the national level, HHS has pulled its ads urging people to sign up before it's too late.


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