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Blog Archive for April 2012

This is a most amazing, powerful story of one woman's financial struggles and how SNAP (food stamps) made a huge difference in her and her child's life.  These are the kinds of stories that put a human face on the program, highlight how important SNAP benefits are and why we need to defend this program. As Wendy Fontaine says, "If I learned one thing during our year on food stamps, it is that everyone needs help at one time or another. No matter how smart or successful we think we are, life can turn on a dime. The walls we build to protect ourselves can be knocked down in an instant.

Below is an update received last night from FRAC the Senate Ag Committee's proposal to cut over $4B in SNAP benefits. Let's cut to the chase:  What does this mean for Massachusetts?
  • According to DTA data, this could potentially affect more than 120,000 Massachusetts SNAP recipients.
It is with a heavy heart that we report to you the proposed changes in the Massachusetts welfare law that were adopted very late last night (11:54 PM) during the FY2013 House budget deliberations. Social service, labor, health care and advocacy organizations will be working hard in the next few weeks to educate both branches of the Legislature on how unworkable and punitive these measures are and urge them to not allow these provisions to become law.

This is a REMINDER that the April Food SNAP Coalition meeting is tomorrow, April 24th from 10 am to Noon at St Francis House, 39 Boylston Street in Boston.  The meeting will be in the 6th floor conference room. 

AGENDA:  The Coalition Agenda will include:

The email alert that came in last night is from the Food Research Action Committee.  Links to the House Ag Committee Reconcilliation Bill which includes the SNAP cuts are below. The Senate AG Committee is expected to release a Farm Bill proposal today with a possible vote next Wednesday, according to FRAC.

MLRI frequently get calls about MassHealth eligibility for SNAP and other low income clients.  Hot off the press, here's the new (2012) edition of the MassHealth Advocacy Guide available for purchase from MCLE.

It is also available on the website for free download at: /MassHealthAdvocacyGuide

The NEXT Boston Food SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, April 24th:

The monthly Coalition meeting will be at St Francis House (39 Boylston Street). There may be a room change and we will confirm which floor of St Francis House the meeting will be held. The agenda will include:

As you may have read on-line, the House Agriculture Committee voted today to cut SNAP by more than $33 BILLION dollars.  Congressman Jim McGovern spoke powerfully and eloquently on before the Ag Committee in opposition to these cuts:

The NEXT Food SNAP Coalition Meeting is Tuesday, April 24th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House.  We will give you a complete update on the federal and state budget deliberations.

As noted last week in various alerts, the House Ways and Means Committee budget proposal was released last Wednesday and contains some very harmful provisions for low-income families and individuals, including:

THANK YOU ALL !  We have 118 Massachusetts organizations from around the state who have signed the letter to our Congressional Delegation!  The letters are being delivered as you read this email.  Attached is a copy, which will be posted on the MLRI and FRAC websites as soon as possible !

FRAC, Feeding America and other anti-hunger organizations have organized SNAP Call-In Days –
Tuesday, April 17 Through Thursday, April 19