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MA Delegation 100% on Letter to Protect SNAP: 

HAPPY NEW YEAR ! Attached are some resources you may want to have in your advocacy tool kit for the coming months.

There have been a number of important news reports and analyses about food stamps/SNAP that you may want to keep in your anti-hunger advocacy tool box:

We wanted to flag for you a fairly recent story in the New York Times showing the surge in families seeking free school meals for their children:
https://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/30/education/surge-in-free-school-lunches-reflects-economic-crisis.html?_r=2&emc=eta1

Over the last month, several Food SNAP Coalition members have begun using the state Secure File and Email Delivery (SFED) system to ship client verifications to the Boston SNAP Web Unit.  We are learning that the SFED system has several advantages over sending client verifications by fax or via non-secure email.  First, using the secure email system maintains client confidentiality by keeping documents encrypted.

If you were plannning to attend the EOHHS FY2013 budget hearings in person, please note the CHANGE in location in Boston.  You can still submit testimony in writing via snail mail or email.

>>> "EOHHSHEARINGS (EHS)" <eohhshearings@massmail.state.ma.us> 11/30/2011 9:28:48 AM >>>

Hello,

1. MLRI Basic Benefits Training on TAFDC and EAEDC Cash Assistance, January 18th:

Attached is the flyer for the TAFDC and EAEDC Cash Assistance Training on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.  Please send it to your networks and encourage people to come. It's a bargain! And here's the on line link to register:  http://www.mcle.org/program-calendar/program-catalog.cfm?product_code=21...

USDA has released some very useful demographic information for your advocacy work, a cautionary alert about SNAP scammer,  and two upcoming Webinars for Spanish speakers.  Check it out! 

1) SNAP Demographics by Congressional Districts:

Thanks to those of you who were able to attend yesterday's Food SNAP Coalition meeting, also attended by former Commissioner Julia Kehoe in her new role at EOHHS; FNS Regional Administrator James Arena DeRosa and FNS staff, and Ellen Vollinger, FRAC Legal Director. Ellen gave an excellent presentation on the current battles before Congress and what we need to do next steps to protect safety net programs.

We hope this email finds you actually NOT in your office and instead en route to family and friends, or nestled at home baking goodies, or volunteering at your local food bank.  But, if you are around, here's some Turkey Talk for the Thanksgiving weekend, brought to you by the National Women's Law Center.  These are important messages but I just wanted to note that not only was Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid on the table, so was SNAP. And, the short term good news is that SNAP is not a "discretionary program" and thus also protected from automatic cuts, for now.