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SNAP Webinar on 3 Month Time Limit Oct 8th; Central MA SNAP Coalition Meeting Oct 22nd; MLRI Basic Benefits Training Series 2015/16

First, the good news ... for now. SNAP benefits for families and individuals currently receiving SNAP will not be impacted in October. The U.S. Congress on Wednesday voted to avert a government shutdown just hours before a midnight deadline, passing a stop-gap measure to extend funding for federal agencies until Dec. 11. Read the MSN article on Congress Passing Funding Bill. We will continue to follow the federal funding for SNAP and will update the Coalition on any possible impacts to SNAP recipients. [Editor's Note: Link is no longer active]

CBPP's SNAP Academy Webinar: What You Need to Know About the SNAP Time Limit - October 8th

At least one million SNAP participants will lose benefits by the end of 2016 as states no longer qualify for -- or choose not to request statewide waivers from the three month time limit facing childless non-disabled adults. (Between 20K to 45K Massachusetts low income SNAP participants could be affected.)  States where this time limit is already in place have seen sharp drops in participation and reports of increased hardship and demand at charitable food programs.  Not only is the time limit a harsh rule, but it is also complicated and states struggle to implement it correctly.  As a result, eligible individuals, in addition to those who are subject to the limit, can lose access to SNAP.  This webinar will help SNAP application assisters and community groups working with SNAP participants understand the key issues around the time limit – from ensuring that people who qualify for exemptions receive them to building training and work programs that allow individuals to retain eligibility.  Join the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) and Preble Street, a multi-service organization helping people struggling with homelessness, hunger and poverty in Maine, to learn how you can help ensure no eligible individuals lose access to SNAP.

What You Need to Know About the SNAP Time-Limit

Thursday, October 8, 2015

2:00 pm €“3:00 pm (Eastern)

Register now! [Editor's Note: Link is no longer active] Once registered, you should receive an email from CBPP with log in information.  If you do not receive one, please contact Carolyn Jones at

Central Mass SNAP Coalition Meeting, Thursday, Oct 22nd in Worcester

Invitation from Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies of Central West Justice Center:

We would like to invite you to the first meeting of the Central Mass SNAP Coalition on Thursday, October 22nd from 10 am - 12 pm at Community Legal Aid in Worcester, MA, located at 405 Main St. in Worcester, MA.

Over the past year we have seen an increase in concern from community members all over Central Massachusetts regarding the SNAP/food stamp crisis.  From Senior Centers to Health Care Centers and food pantries and beyond, we have heard from you that the SNAP crisis has impacted your clients, organizations, and your communities.  We had an amazing turnout at the Community SNAP Forum at the YWCA of Worcester in April of this year, and then again at the SNAP Triage Training at Community Legal Aid in Worcester. All of this led several of us to think about how we can all stay in touch, support each other, and ultimately support food assistance programs such as SNAP. The Worcester County Food Bank, Community Legal Aid-Central West Justice Center and the Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council all decided, with the support and input of Mass Law Reform Institute and UMass Medical School, that forming a Central Mass SNAP Coalition would be a great next step. 

Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings. Whether you are a staff person or a volunteer, whether you assist clients with SNAP applications or not, whether your organization is small or large. Come and learn, share, and join together to support a vision of food for all people. Please RSVP  here or on the link below, and please share this invitation with others you think would like to attend.

Directions and suggestions for parking will be included when we distribute the agenda in the week prior to the meeting. For more information: Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies, Esq. Central West Justice Center Direct Line: (508) 425-2878 

MLRI Basic Benefits Training Series: 11 Sessions from Oct 2015 through April 2016

Attached you will find the schedule for the MLRI Annual Basic Benefits Training Series, starting October 9th with Homelessness/EA Shelter and continuing with 10 more sessions through April of 2016,  Register through the Mass Continuing Legal Education,  Tuition for community organizations and legal services, $25/session.

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