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

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!

  • The rescheduled (due to snow) SNAP 101 Basic Benefits Training is Tuesday. March 14th from 1:15 to 4 PM at Mass Continuing Legal Education in Boston. (This is on the afternoon of the CORI training in the AM).If you registered, MCLE should have sent you an email. If not registered, click here.

  • The Mass Municipal Association Human Services Council is hosting a Basic Benefits 101 training (DTA cash assistance, SNAP, housing rights) on Thursday, April 6th from 9-3 in Westborough (see attached flier).

2. Congressman McGovern Response to GOP Report on SNAP!

We are thrilled to share the detailed, powerful response from our very own MA Congressman Jim McGovern to House Ag Chairman Conoway regarding the the 18 hearings held during the last Congress, final report issued in December 2016. See link here and text below. Please THANK our Massachusetts Anti-hunger Champ McGovern, and please alert your own House member to this important letter. [Editor's Note: Link is no longer active]

You can tweet a TY to Congressman McGovern here: @RepMcGovern or send him an email through his website: https://mcgovern.house.gov/ 

3. Center for Budget and Policy Priorities SNAP materials for your advocacy:

Below are links to terrific materials from CBPP including:

4. SNAP clients stories needed - "paper plate" campaign continues:

Stories from clients and local organizations (food pantries, health centers, social services) sharing why SNAP, National School Lunch program and other nutrition benefits make a difference is critical right now.  We'd like the SNAP Coalition members to continue to gather stories and urge Governor Baker to weigh in with the National Governor's Association and GOP to protect and defend SNAP and federal nutrition programs from any cuts or block granting.

  • Attached is a list of recent stories we have gathered from our own clients and organizations we have shared with the Administration. 

  • And attached is a sample "Paper Plate" your clients can fill out and send to the Governor, or use a similar template to communicate to the local Rep and Senator. 

5. Over 90 Massachusetts orgs have signed National Anti-Hunger Organization letter - There is still time to add your org !!

Over 2,000 national, state, and community-based organizations have signed this letter. The goal is to reach 3,000 signatures by March 1, 2017. The letter will be distributed to Congress and the Administration as part of the 2017 Anti-Hunger Policy Conference.(click here for more on the conference). Let's get 150 Massachusetts organizations!

  • Click here for a link to the sign-on page. 

  • Click here for a list of the current org signatures on the letter both national and state/local groups (current as of Feb 10th).  

  • If your org is not listed, please sign on!  If you are not sure if you signed on recently, do it again and FRAC/NAHO colleagues will eliminate the duplicates.

Thank you !!

---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: Hodgkins, Caitlin <caitlin.hodgkins@mail.house.gov>
Date: Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM
Subject: Nutrition Subcommittee Ranking Member McGovern Responds to GOP Report on SNAP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

February 14, 2017

CONTACT:

Abraham White 202-308-8430

 

Senior Democrat McGovern Responds to GOP Report on SNAP

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee's Nutrition Subcommittee and a leading champion for anti-hunger programs, released a strong response to committee's report on the 18 hearings held in the previous Congress on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Click here to view the letter online. [Editor's Note: Link is no longer active]

In the 114th Congress, the House Agriculture Committee held 18 hearings on the Past, Present and Future of SNAP. In more than 30 hours of testimony from over 60 experts from across the country, these extensive and instructive hearings resulted in 830 pages of official hearing record from which the Committee compiled a 66 page report, released in December.

In today's letter, Congressman McGovern presented six key findings to House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX). McGovern will keep these priorities front and center in the upcoming debate over the 2018 Farm Bill.

In the letter, McGovern said, "I applaud your commitment to creating this comprehensive body of evidence on SNAP but as the summary report was completed without input from the Minority members, I am writing to emphasize some of the most powerful testimony given before the Committee that I believe should help guide policy decisions in the upcoming farm bill."

Key Findings in McGovern Letter on House Agriculture Committee Hearings on SNAP:

1. SNAP Benefits Should Not Be Cut: Nearly 50 million Americans, including working families, veterans, seniors and the disabled, struggle to put food on the table. SNAP is a vital tool to help struggling Americans get back on their feet and participation has steadily declined as economic conditions have improved because of its entitlement structure.

2. The SNAP Benefit is Inadequate: On average, SNAP households receive about $255 a month. The average SNAP benefit per person is about $126 per month, which works out to just $1.40 per person, per meal.

3. SNAP Does Not Discourage Work: About 30 percent of SNAP households have earnings from wages, salaries or self-employment. Of those not working the majority are children, elderly, disabled or were caring for children or disabled family members in their home.

4. Eliminating Work Waivers Hampers State Flexibility and Increases Hunger: Current law mandates that adults between the ages of 18-50, who are able to work, are limited to three months of SNAP out of every three years. States can choose to waive this limit and have done so during times of high unemployment.

5. Creating Innovative, Evidence-based Programs and Supporting Good Case management is an Investment: Case management that helps connect those in need with tailored services to move out of poverty can be successful.  However, high quality, effective case management for those who need it, requires a well-funded multi-year commitment to families and individuals.

6. Programs that Provide an Economic Ladder Require Adequate Funding: Block granted programs provide only flat funding and are not responsive to economic changes.  Since 2000, federally funded block grants that pay for critical work supports like housing, job training, maternal and child health and childcare have eroded by 37 percent.

"As this testimony reflects and you have stated, "SNAP is essential in protecting the most vulnerable citizens during tough times. For many it is a vital lifeline to keeping food on the table," McGovern concluded. "We look forward to working with you to incorporate these expert findings into policy in the 115th Congress."

Click here to view the letter online. [Editor's Note: Link is no longer active]