A number of updates below. During this very uncertain time, we are heartened to see the immense amount of work being done in Massachusetts to make sure low-income families can weather this pandemic.
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Mass. Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), the host for our Basic Benefit Training series has postponed live programs from now until the end of April. This means MLRI's April 2 training on Immigrants & Public Benefits is postponed.
Updates for today (so far) on the federal and state level. We will continue to update the Coalition as we get relevant information.
Federal nutrition programs & COVID-19 - Bills filed by McGovern and others - call your Rep!
A number of bills were introduced this week, intended to expand federal nutrition benefits to cushion the impact of coronavirus (see links for bill names/more info):
As we get more information about nutrition programs and plans related to coronavirus, we will share. Many things are in flux at the moment - but the important action items as of today are below! We share your deep concern about what this all means for folks struggling to put food on the table (nevermind stock up for the future). Thank you for all your work.
See below information about a call this Thursday hosted by FRAC.
We know this is a time full of uncertainty, and we are all concerned about how to ensure low-income households can put food on the table in the event that schools are closed, work is restricted, etc. We encourage you to listen in on Thursday for the most up to date information and for recommendations of what you can be thinking about on a local level.
SNAP & Public Charge fliers updated in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole
Another reminder of the upcoming Income Maximization Training at MCLE in Boston on March 4th! Register HERE. In addition, we want to share with you some important information about subsidized child care.
Important information from our friends at the MA Food Systems Collaborative - House passes $2M more in supp budget! Please THANK your Rep and call your Senator this week!