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Blog Archive for February 2015

Re: SNAP Recertification processing delays- Update and Check-In 
 
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SNAP Coalition members have repeatedly shared problems with DTA not acting on documents they receive on SNAP applications and recertifications.  
 

This morning, Rep. McGovern gave his weekly #EndHungerNow speech on the House floor on his recently launched #FillUpYourPlate campaign. Here's the link to his terrific floor speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIGsc0FaUyw

The following email below is from SNAP Coalition member Maura Ackerman regarding their important survey which Maura shared at the Boston SNAP coalition meeting yesterday. We encourage you to complete the survey (in English or Spanish).

Dear Colleagues,

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to4:00 p.m.
 
LOCATION: Mass. Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
10 Winter Place, Boston (Downtown Crossing)
 
This is a quick reminder about the next SNAP Coalition meeting in Boston, Tuesday, February 24th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston 
The tentative AGENDA will include:
  • Most recent FNS data re ongoing SNAP caseload decline in Massachusetts with national trend

Western Mass Organizations Decry Spike in SNAP Case Closings/Denials:

 
Last Friday, MLRI and the Food Bank of Western Mass hosted a regional meeting of state and national anti-hunger organizations, local State Representatives and the aides of local Reps and Senators. The meeting was scheduled in part to give update on state and federal legislation around SNAP and Child Nutrition programs as well as check in with community groups about the SNAP access problems they are seeing.
Important announcement about pushed back deadline for applying for health insurance due to weather.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Cooper, Claire F (ITD) <claire.f.cooper@massmail.state.ma.us>
Date: Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 12:54 PM
Subject: IMPACTS OF SERIES OF SEVERE SNOWSTORMS PUSHES DEADLINE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE APPLICATIONS TO FEB. 23
This is a quick email in between all the snow storms to share some information with you in your anti-hunger advocacy work.
 
Breakfast in the Classroom and Instructional Time - YES! 
On Monday afternoon we received word that USDA and DTA agreed to EXTEND the deadline for SNAP to February 18th (Wednesday) for certain SNAP households to request SNAP "replacement" or "misfortune" benefits. These are SNAP households who lost power for 4 or more hours as a result of January 26-28th Winter Storm Juno. The SNAP households who were impacted the most by this storm live on Nantucket and Cape Cod, mostly Provincetown. The original deadline for replacement benefits was February 8th.
 
Information from the Massachusetts Office of Medicaid (EOHHS):

"On February 6, 2015 MassHealth will resume annual renewals for members under age 65. On that date we will outreach to approximately 105,000 households.  We will be mailing renewals in large groups initially rather than via weekly mailings.